Posts Tagged ‘Maga Bo’

Maga Bo Returns!

Friday, June 14th, 2013


About 2 years ago I was going on about how deadly Maga Bo is. Finally managed to sort out a gig for him on his upcoming European tour to promote his rather awesome ‘Quilombo de Futuro‘ album. He’s done up a tasty mix of his tunes to promote the tour, you can check it below on Soundlcloud. I recommend downloading it for vehicular cruises.

He’s going to be joined by percussion players from Ajo Arkestra, with support from Limerick’s Peter Curtin, as well as Saudade selectahs Edzillion and myself. Gonna be a big one!

Maga Bo – Quilombo do Futuro – OUT NOW!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Been looking forward to this one from Maga Bo a while, and it just dropped yesterday. Some serious live instrumentation meets up with a heap of Brazilian MCs and singers and they bring the fire: soca, baile funk, samba, capoeira fusing with contemporary bass culture styles. Go here for the official press release, and/or check the tunes below to get an idea of what it all sounds like…

You want buy? CD is currently on sale in Brazil, but come June will be available worldwide. Big up everyone who contributed on the Kickstarter, your goodies should be in the post now.



Maga Bo – Quilombo do Futuro

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I mentioned Maga Bo’s upcoming album a few months ago, and it’s finished. The man’s been working on it the last three years, self-financed, and has set up a Kickstarter page to help finalise the project: mastering, duplication, distro and artwork all cost money. There’s loads more info on the page and short video displaying some World Music 2.0 sensibilities at work. To get a flavour of the sounds, check this most recent Outras Terras mixtape, mighty craic so it is.

Check the name of the album as well, quilombo referencing autonomous zones set up by runaway slaves in Brazil in the 1600s, people wanting to escape a system that punishes them and LIVE FREE LIVES. Relevant today, much? Anyways, head over here and make a donation, even a fiver goes a long way: 23 days left, 43% funded, let’s go!

Top photo by Fred Pacifico

Maga Bo

Monday, March 7th, 2011

My first experience of Maga Bo’s sound arose from buying this CD from Filastine at a party in the now-defunct La Macabra in Barcelona. Rupture had just finished playing, and it was such a sweatbox I had to buy a new t-shirt (heats for reals). I love buying random mix CDs at gigs, and considering the heavy Soot Records presence on the night, there was a pretty decent chance the CD I just picked up was gonna be seven shades of deadly.

It didn’t disappoint: grime, jungle, baile funk, hip-hop, crazy splashes of I don’t know what to call it… the sort of sounds that evoke far away places and superimpose them on the here and now, and I’m not talking wanton exotica either. More like having your ears taken hostage, then getting all Stockholm Syndrome and having a dance around. Perfectly sculpted and blended beats and textures, heaps of live instrumentation, and an impressive array of MCs from, well, everywhere – thems be the ingredients of the Maga Bo sound. His approach involves “traveling often and widely, he stays weeks at a time connecting and collaborating with local musicians and vocalists. His methods are simple and effective. Armed with a laptop and a microphone, a $6 hotel room anywhere turns into a recording studio. Electronic acquaintances and friends of friends, in person, become musical conspirators, teachers and friends. Over time, a deep musical landscape is being creating that is the collective imprint of this community.”

The aforementioned CD lasted a few months cos I played it to death. Hunting down more of his productions, I found mixes of his for Radio Luz Poland, World Up! and the excellent Blogariddims series. Crazy mash-ups of every style going, and those yet to arrive. A good intro to the world of Maga Bo would be 2008’s Archipelagoes, which was recorded in Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Portugal and Zanzibar. Check this video for the track ‘Nqayi’, featuring local MC Teba for a taster. For more recent studio activity, wrap yr ears round the Outras Terras mixtape, 100% Maga Bo productions.

Despite touring constantly from “Sydney to Delhi, to Addis Ababa to Rio de Janeiro, to New York City to Paris to I don’t know where”, he’s nearly finished his second album. Recorded in Brazil (he’s based in Rio), it’s gonna be packed full of Brazilian MC talent, although there’ll be a few international vocalists too. In addition, he’s got an EP coming out on Senseless Records the next couple of weeks which was recorded in Ethiopia with a bunch of local trad musicians. Expect remixes from the aforementioned Filastine, as well as Timeblind and Pacheko.

Studio Setup, Ethiopia 2010

2010 has seen collaborations with Ethiopian jazz legend Mulata Astatke, performances at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival and a slew of remixes, not least this savage version of Bomba Estereo’s ‘Fuego’. Future remixes for Poirier and Sub Swara should be dropping soon also, and if that wasn’t enough, he’s got the Beyond Digital project shaping up (as discussed here previously) and he’s also finding time to put together a couple of documentaries on Mulatu Astatke and Ethiopiques founder Francis Falceto.

Mulatu Astatke and Maga Bo, Ethiopia 2010

Keep an eye on his Kolleidosonic site for updates on releases and gigs. Speaking of which, this one’s for the European promoters out there: he’ll be in Russia May 13 and 14, and is looking for dates either the week before (May 6 to 12) or after (May 15-21). Get on it!

Photos Copyright Maga Bo 2010, check out more on his Flickr page

Beyond Digital: Morocco

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Beyond Digital: Morocco is a new project by Jace Clayton (aka, DJ/rupture, who I mentioned previously here), producer Maga Bo, photographer John Francis Peters and Dutty Artz head honcho Taliesin Gilkes-Bower. I could say it’s the story of one man’s obsession with Autotune, but it goes quite a bit deeper than that, as Clayton says on his Mudd Up! blog, they’re attempting “to explore musical innovation in Morocco via collaboration, teaching, documentation, and digital storytelling”.

You can read more about it here and also check out a video explaining the overall project. Ting is, they need a few quid for flights, transport, food, lodgings, etc. so please help ’em out through donating here. For those not familiar with Kickstarter, the platform they’re using to fund the project, well it’s a platform that gives independent artists the ability to raise funds for their creative projects. Those interested in donating are given a number of options, each depending on how much is pledged, and often each option will see the donor receive something in return from the artist, be it a signed copy of a record, a credit in a film, a song written for you, etc. For example, with Beyond Digital: Morocco, a minimum donation of $10 will see you receive a handwritten postcard from Maga Bo and Rupture, pledge $2,000 and ye get to join the guys in Morocco next June and engage with every aspect of the project, and you get to “come on board as a developer for Beyond Digital and receive credit as a founding and lifetime member once it becomes a fully fledged non-profit.”

They need to get to $5,000 by the end of the month else the project doesn’t go ahead. Not that much really! The way Kickstarter and other such platforms work is that even if they get to $4,999.99 by the end of the month, if it doesn’t hit the target it just shuts the whole thing down. Any money pledged goes back to the donors, and the project doesn’t get funded. No disrespect to good old fundraising via selling raffle tickets in pubs and the like, but this shits the future, nahmean? (I could go on a bit about the advantages of such systems over having to seek out sponsors or go to the bank for a loan, but it’s not the place)

So, please help the lads out. If their collective artistic output is a gauge to go by, ye know they’re gonna deliver the goods with Beyond Digital: Morocco.