I feel extremely lucky to meet Maga Bo through my fieldwork a few years ago. He is one of the most adventurous, yet deeply tranquil people I know anywhere. He has finished a new album and is seeking help with bring it into the world. I listened to a few tracks a while back when he said they were still unfinished sketches. They blew me away. More music like this needs to be made and heard.
Three years in the making, Maga Bo‘s Quilombo do Futuro melds heavy afro-brazilian rhythms with the massive bass of electronic dub and studio trickery of hip hop production. Caxambu on top of 808 kicks, alfaias punctuate dancehall ragga, swirling filtered echoes circle tamborim figures.
I’ve had the honor of working with some highly respected names in Brazilian music – BNegão and Marcelo Yuka who have been musical partners for many years, João Hermeto on percussion, Lucas Santtana, Biguli, Funkero, Gaspar from Z’Africa Brasil, Speed Freaks (RIP), Rosângela Macedo, As Meninas do Reconca Rio and some of the members of BaianaSystem as well as the heavyweight talents of US based singers Jahdan Blakkamoore and MC Zulu.
In addition to the main release, there is a hefty grip of great producers doing remixes – Stereotyp, Chancha Via Circuito, Process Rebel, Poirier, Copia Doble, Uproot Andy, Buguinha, Leo Justi, DJ Dolores, Dr. Das, Digitaldubs, Munchi, Batida.
Up until now, the production has been entirely self financed – trips to São Paulo, Salvador, taxis at 4am to carry equipment across Rio, payment for session musicians without even mentioning the equipment necessary to make the recordings.
The music is finished – I am asking for your financial help to finalize it and get it into the world. The money will go to mastering, artwork, duplication and revamping my web presence to help spread this music. I hope that what has been an enormous team effort and labor of love to create will come to fruition with your help.
This money does not really begin to cover the actual cost of making this record, but it does cover the last few essential things to bring this music into the world and to a wider audience. Any money received beyond the $5000 goal will go toward music video production.
For those of you new to the Kickstarter structure, please have a look here. It’s super important to reach the financial goal – otherwise, the project won’t receive any money at all (and, of course, your credit card won’t be charged).
Please help spread the word – post it to FaceBook, write about it on your blog, tweet it, tell your friends and family. Your support and interest is greatly appreciated!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!
QUILOMBO – an autonomous, fugitive settlement populated by ex-slaves and others in colonial Brazil. Slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888, but many quilombos still exist (in the same locations) to this day. Viva Zumbi!
Many, many THANKS to Fernando Salis for his help and expertise in creating and editing this video. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MAGA BO “A travelogue considerably rougher than any Rough Guide” – SF Weekly
Having performed in India to Ethiopia to Brazil to major summer festivals across Europe to touring North America and Australia, Maga Bo is on the road nearly constantly, yet he still manages to keep up up on the production front – collaborating with Mulatu Astatke, the godfather of EthioJazz on the sound track for Lalumbe in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, creating tracks for the film Patang with Bollywood star Shilpa Rao, producing tracks for the band BaianaSystem in Salvador, Bahia, as well as releasing critically acclaimed remixes for Poirier (NinjaTune), Luisa Maita (Cumbancha), Blick Bassy (World Connection), Spy from Cairo (WonderWheel), Filastine (Post World Industries), Copia Doble (Urban World), SubSwara and Bomba Estéreo (Polen Records).
His work has brought him in confrontation with coked up, bribe-seeking policeman, inebriated clandestine taxi drivers and malaria. He has worked as a sound mixer for award-winning documentaries, presented a weekly pirate radio show in Rio de Janeiro and given a workshop on beat production in a studio housed in a shipping container in Zanzibar.
Maga Bo’s work spans the breadth of international urban bass music from hip hop and kwaito to baile funk and jungle ragga to dub, grime and dubstep with flares of samba, rai, bhangra, cumbia, skewed electronic beats and loudspeaker jitter.
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. Over time, a deep musical landscape is being creating that is the collective imprint of this community.
World music is music with truly global reach – 50 Cent, U2, Shakira. This is the other thing – emissions from the flip side where vocals recorded in one room studios on a microphone taped to a refrigerator in lieu of a stand get released on the internet and over local sound systems the same night. By the next day, the track has been sampled again by guys on the other side of the world and mashed up with whatever local concoctions they’ve got going on. Maga Bo is tapped into and part of this weird new sonic zone.