This is a mix I did as for Automation Records for their donation to our Beyond Digital project back in June. File under heavy, hard, experimental, electronic with nasty bits of noise and many different languages, but, oh! then there’s a mellow moment (must be El Remolon!)…..and so on. a few exclusive tracks too. Feel free to blog and distribute freely. Big, big, BIG UP to Jeremiah from Automation Records for his donations not only to Beyond Digital, but also to Quilombo do Futuro!!
This mix is a compilation of music that has profoundly inspired my new release “Quilombo do Futuro.” This music contains a wisdom and connection with the universe that I don’t find in electronic music (or at least very rarely). Not one of the songs was created using a computer. These beats will challenge your Ableton auto warp engine with their (beautiful) irregularity. The velocity sensitivity on these drums will absolutely defy your groove quantize extractor. These drums are triggered by human hands in real time. It’s analog and human. It’s coco, samba, samba recôncavo, sambareggae, capoeira angola, jongo and maculelê.
Originally made for Le Gouter. This mix is not the latest “cutting edge” kuduro or bongo flava or hiplife or kwaito or whatever. Actually, it could nearly be considered old school at this point. While there are tracks from as early as 1983 (Mahmouna by Nass El Ghiwane), the bulk of the tracks are classics from the 90s. Some were huge pan-african hits (Kanda Bongo Man’s “Monie” and Lucky Dube’s “Crazy World”), while others weren’t even released in Africa (Kanguru by Waldemar Bastos). Some are tracks that inspired my first visits to the African continent (King Sunny Ade and Sipho Mabuse), others are tracks that I heard out of nearly every passing mini van (Kanda Bongo Man or Alpha Blondy), while still others were tracks that I picked up on my travels (the cassette stall guy told me, “ah, this man, he is a very bad man” when I asked about the super hipster guy with mirror sunglasses on the cover in Egypt (Hassan El Asmar) and later turned into personal favorites.
There are a lot of key musicians that I had to leave out – Fela, Remmy Ongala, Brenda Fassie, Bonga, Soukous Stars, and that’s just the beginning. This is a bit of a departure from my usual detailed mixes – there are no fancy beat matching and on the fly edits, just a nice selection of music. Hope you like it.
South America is a land of beautiful extremes. It’s home to the highest waterfall, largest river, longest mountain range, driest desert and biggest rainforest on planet Earth. It is also home to some of the world’s fastest feet and broadest smiles, no doubt inspired by the music emanating from seemingly every square inch of its geography. As a member of DJ/production collective Dutty Artz, Maga Bo has taken it upon himself to see as much of this continent as possible, starting with his homebase of Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. His travels have taken him not only around South America but every continent in the world, usually returning with a hard drive full of new collaborations and productions. His Pitch Perfect South America mixtape barely scratches the surface of all that this continent has to offer, but its an impressive start with jams from Guyana to Argentina, Brazil to Colombia. Take a listen and see how long you can sit still. – Peter Macia, Fader Magazine
100% Maga Bo production with help from some very special friends – Jahdan Blakkamoore (Brooklyn), BNegão (Rio de Janeiro), Ghislain Poirier (Montreal), Filastine (Barcelona), Pacheko (Caracas), Fletcher (Cape Town), Dr. Das (London), Matona (Zanzibar), Abena Koomson (NYC), Teba (Cape Town), Xuman (Dakar), Speed Freaks (Rio de Janeiro) and too many more to try and list (you haven’t been forgotten!!!)…..
Maga Bo Live on Sinden’s Show on KISS FM London
Starts off with short interview of Maga Bo by Sinden. Fader sez, “Over on Sinden’s unfuckwithable KISS radio show, DJ Rupture’s Soot Records signee Maga Bo came through to play a bunch of “transnational bass,” which apparently is just another way to say JAM CITY: POPULATION MAGA BO. One of our favorite moments comes when Maga Bo blends Unknown, “Untitled,” (Unknown) into Unknown “Work it Cumbia” (Unknown). For real, we appreciate Maga Bo for reminding us the world is ridiculously huge, and encourage other DJs to do the same.”
Listen — Tracklist
Maga Bo feat. MC BNegão at Club Transmediale, Berlin 2009
Recorded live at Maria am Ostbahnhof, Berlin, January 2009.
World Up! Mixtape Vol. 1: Mixada por Maga Bo
This mix is heavily influenced by the sounds of South African Kwaito, the Grime music of the UK, as well as the Baile Funk of Rio’s favelas and Ragga Dancehall sounds of the Brazilian reggae/hiphop scene……
Radio Luz Poland on Spannered Mix
A devastating half-hour of wrecked transglobal riddims and squashed electronics, recorded at Comando Digital in Rio de Janeiro. Click here to read Spannered’s interview with Maga Bo.
Listen — Tracklist
Sonar Barcelona a la carte 2006 a la carte mix
BTW, we didn’t title this mix! DJ /rupture and I have compiled a
mix for the a la carte section of Sonar Barcelona 2006 of modern international urban beats. “Polyglot Senegalese rappers have MySpace pages; slow techno rules South Africa. Hip-hop in 2006 is a tension between global pop product and D.I.Y. expression via hacked technologies and partyrocking. Despite economic marginalization, Third World urban music dances on these contradictions.” Tracklist
Blentwell Mix 2006
“…a 36-track behemoth from international beat excavator Maga Bo, who laces his globetrotting kicks with grime, Brazilian hip-hop, breakcore, and even a sturdy chestnut from Horace Andy.” – Earplug #67
“holy crap…I gotta step up- and announce I’m really feeling the Maga Bo mix (big up Blentwell)…” — http://djripley.blogspot.com/2006/04/holy-crap.html
Listen — Tracklist
Lost & Stolen Goods – Sonar Calibrado Sound System.
(S)mashup of d&b, batucada, hiphop, Egypt pop, capoeira, samba and extra-broken beats in a borderless conundrum for the ears.
“I caught these guys – Filastine and Maga Bo – by chance at the Capitol Hill Block Party, rocking laptops in an impromptu setting on an old beater, wearing orange auto-mechanic suits and black masks. They were the most interesting act of the entire event. Their sound warps the boundaries among drill ‘n’ bass, Muslimgauze-style Arabic breakbeat terror, and early Meat Beat Mainfesto’s intelligent industrial funk.” — Aug. 19, 2004, Dave Segal, The Stranger.
Listen to Part 1 — Listen to Part 2 — Tracklist
Mixed live in Fez, Morocco, May 30, 2005.
Hip hop ragga breakbeat DnB dub funk samba jazz soul grime and so on. From 125 to 67 to 118 bpm….
“I’ll not go on too much about the artist/DJ responsible as i would heartily recommend you take a visit to his own site. I’m putting this mix down as the best of the year so far. Excellent stuff, have never heard music like it.” – http://www.beatonic.co.uk/
Live Mix from Fez, Morocco, 2005 — Tracklist
“Do Not Spit Here and There; A Noise Primer on the Indian Subcontinent”
Recorded, manipulated and mixed by Maga Bo, Steven Miller and Filastine in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“Field recordings! Don’t make sense! Consumed as mp3 soundbites! But here we go: This bellringing rip, Puja, comes from the Audiofile Collective’s Do Not Spit Here And There: A Noise Primer on the Indian Subcontinent.
This track, like field recordings in general, requires a different way of listening: things happen, but they don’t tug with a song’s plotted drama. (Dogs = music, cats = field recordings?) Listening to sound uncoupled from narrative expectations can be refreshing–signals drift in, bump & grind, slip away. Unlearns the way melody lines, beat drops, chorus- verse- bridges, chord changes, etc. condition our ears to expect certain flows and frame the interpretation of music/organized sound. Like that stuff you pour in your ears to make the hardened wax dribble out.
Do Not Spit combines untreated recordings (from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal) with respectful studio manipulation — think of a sweaty non-white Lucky Kitchen album or a more documentary Sublime Frequencies release. I can’t find the CD artwork anymore but the liner notes were smart, funny, and on-the-level. After reading them I had zero qualms about the American collective’s ethnic soundgathering. They say: “this disc reflects the incredible density of competing noises while retaining the clarity and impact of the individual sounds that make up the din of South Asia.”
The CD is sold D.I.Y. from Post World Industries, purveyors of ‘counter-hegemonic brown sound’.” – Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture, Feb. 16, 2005, Mudd Up!
A monthly online mix hosted at Spannered – strictly Brazilian music.
Wolfi from the Rio-based blog Soundgoods pays tribute to the master of sambarock, Jorge Ben. More Soundgoods mixes can be found here.
Sambacana Volume 36 — Mixtape Dancehall Brasil 2008
São Paulo reggae pioneer Jimmy Luv drops a 100% Brazilian dancehall selection for 36th Sambacana installment.
Sambacana Volume 35 — Força Do Pará Mixtape
Rio-based blogger Soundgoods presents a mixtape of Tecno Brega/Eletro Melody, collated from the Amazonian city of Manaus and beyond. More SoundGoods mixes can be found here.
Sambacana Volume 34 — Lucas Santtana Selection
Respected Rio-based musician Lucas Santtana brings together samba, rock, hip hop, baile funk, drum & bass and more for Sambacana’s 34th show. For more information on Lucas, along with plenty of excellent music to download, visit his site.
Sambacana Volume 33 — Hip Hop Samba Rap Mix Part 1
A guest selection from SoundGoods, Rio de Janeiro. More SoundGoods mixes can be found here.
Sambacana Vol. 32 – Reggae Ragga Funk Dub
A diverse half-hour of contemporary Brazilian beats selected by Maga Bo.
Sambacana Vol. 31 – Lucio K Tropical Vibe 2007 (Parte 1)
Second mix for Sambacana from Rio’s Lucio K. Guest DJ Lucio K brings new Brazilian and gringo producers working with breaks, D’n'B, dancehall, hip hop and Latin rhythms, as well as candomblé, maracatu, carimbó and samba in a coherent and fluid mashup. Ouçam e divirtam-se!
Sambacana Vol. 30 – Mistureba (28.2 MB)
Samba hip hop capoeira funk proibido canta, pô, já quase tem de tudo!
Sambacana Vol. 29 – Sany Pitbull Favela Long Mix Pt. 2 (25.2 MB)
DJ Sany from the Pitbull Cruel Equipe de Som laying it down. This is Baile Funk.
Sambacana Vol. 28 – Sany Pitbull Favela Long Mix Pt. 1 (24.8 MB)
DJ Sany from the Pitbull Cruel Equipe de Som laying it down. This is Baile Funk. Empire of the Ass music as Daminhão so lovingly calls it.
Sambacana Vol. 27 – Digitaldubs Sound System Megamix 2 (23.5MB)
This is part 2 of a live (mega)mix of the tracks on Digitaldubs’ new record as well as some extra riddims and remixes not on the record. Digitaldubs is a sound system based in Rio de Janeiro and composed of a whole handful of singers and MCs, musicians, producers and DJs. They have a bi-weekly party at Casa da Matriz in Botafogo as well as frequent one off events around (and out of) town. You can find out more about Digitaldubs here. Just in case you weren’t sure or heard otherwise, this is proof that there’s good reggae in Brazil.
Sambacana Vol. 26 – Digitaldubs Sound System Megamix 1 (25.5 MB)
This is part 1 of a live (mega)mix of the tracks on Digitaldubs’ new record as well as some extra riddims and remixes not on the record. Digitaldubs is a sound system based in Rio de Janeiro and composed of a whole handful of singers and MCs, musicians, producers and DJs. They have a bi-weekly party at Casa da Matriz in Botafogo as well as frequent one off events around (and out of) town. You can find out more about Digitaldubs here. Just in case you weren’t sure or heard otherwise, this is proof that there’s good reggae in Brazil.
Sambacana Vol. 25 – Violão Guitarra (28.3 MB)
Se derrubar é penalti. A glance at a variety of musical contexts where electric and acoustic guitars are used in modern Brazilian music. From hardcore punk rock to hip hop, jazz, samba and classical “erudite” music.
Sambacana Vol. 24 – DJ Lucio K – Tropical Vibe 2006 (64.4 MB)
Special guest mix by DJ Lucio K, resident DJ for the last 5 years at the only festa dedicated to 60′s and 70′s rare grooves in Rio de Janeiro (Sambalounge at Casa da Matriz). Expect Afro-Brazilian, Brazilian Jazz, Sambalanço, Bossa-Nova and Brazilian Funk & Soul gathered from rare vinyl, mixed with his own tracks and friends’ productions. Check him out at Lucio K (em português).
Sambacana Vol. 23 – Capoeira Bateria (27.1 MB)
Capoeira – Bateria só!
Sambacana Vol. 22 – Capoeira I (25.1 MB)
Sambacana Vol. 21 – Sambas de Enredo (32.3 MB)
Winning sambas de enredo from the last 6 years.
Sambacana Vol. 20 – Raizes II (28.5 MB)
Roots music from all over Brazil. From Bahia to Pernambuco to Matto Grosso.
Sambacana Vol. 19 – Raizes I (27 MB)
Traditional and rural music from all over Brazil.
Sambacana Vol. 18 – Ragga Dub Hip Hop (27.3 MB)
Unreleased ragga, hip hop and dub from Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Recife.
Sambacana Vol. 17 – Iky’x Mixtape Vol. 1 Part 2 (33.6 MB)
All unreleased underground hip hop from Rio de Janeiro. Big up Brutal Crew and Inumanos! This month’s mix is the second half of a special guest mix produced by Iky and mixed by DJ Babão. This mix is available on CD from Iky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sambacana Vol. 16 – Iky’x Mixtape Vol. 1 (27.9 MB)
All unreleased underground hip hop from Rio de Janeiro. Big up Brutal Crew and Inumanos! This month’s mix is a special guest mix produced by DJ Babão and Iky. This mix is available on CD. Contact Iky at email@example.com. Next month – part 2!
Sambacana Vol. 15 – DNA Brasileira Jamaicana (26.1 MB)
Jamaica inna Brazil e Brasil no Jamaica.
Sambacana Vol. 14- Old School to New II (28.6 MB)
The second installment – old school samba funk soul to hip hop and drum n bossa.
Sambacana Vol. 13- Old School to New I (28.2 MB)
The first installment – old school samba funk soul to hip hop and drum n bossa.Sambacana Vol. 12- Brasileira Urbana II (28.2 MB)
The second installment – big beats from big cities in Brasil.
Sambacana Vol. 11- Brasileira Urbana I (29.2 MB)
The first installment – big beats from big cities in Brasil.
Sambacana Vol. 10- Sambasoulfunk II (27.7 MB)
Part 2 – samba soul funk from the 70′s in Brazil.
Sambacana Vol 9- Eletrô Brasil IV (27.3 MB)
Modern electronic production from São Paulo, Recife and Brazilian ex-pats in Holland.
Sambacana Vol 8- Bossa II (28.4 MB)
Part 2 – selection of bossa nova from the late 60′s and early 70′s.
Sambacana Vol 7 – Eletrô Brasil III (24.2 MB)
Modern electronic production from São Paulo and Rio.
Sambacana Vol 6-Samba II (26.3 MB)
Samba – late 60′s to late 70′s.
Sambacana Vol 5 – Eletrô Brasil II (26.3 MB)
Modern electronic production from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.
Sambacana Vol 4 – Sambasoulfunk I (23.6 Mb)
The title pretty well gives it away – samba soul funk from the 70′s in Brazil.
Sambacana Vol 3- Eletrô Brasil I (31Mb)
Modern electronic production from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Sambacana Vol 2- Bossa Nova I (32.5Mb)
Part 1 – selection of bossa nova from the late 60′s and early 70′s.
Sambacana Vol 1 – Samba I (25Mb)
Samba – late 60′s to late 70′s.