A crunk cosmopolitan, Rio de Janeiro’s MAGA BO bumps more hot street-side beats than anybody we we’ve ever met. He’s played everywhere from Zanzibar to Sri Lanka to Capetown, trading ideas and sonics with musicians along the way.
After dropping the CD mixtape, Confusion of Tongues and 2 12" vinyl EPs on DJ /rupture's Soot Records, as well as tracks on WordSound, Nanny Tango/MELT 2000 and Tru-Thoughts, Maga Bo has completed his first full length record entitled ARCHIPELAGOES, to be released on Soot in April 2008.
Archipelagos is a collection of exclusive Maga Bo productions in collaboration with Senegalese hiphop godfathers Pee Froiss, new school Moroccan rap heroes Bigg and K-Libre, ragga dancehall champion Teba from Cape Town, Zanzibari taarab master Mohammed issa Matona and others.
When the freelance sound engineer works outside of his Brazil home-base, Maga Bo stays for weeks at a time: voicing dubplates, recording musicians, doing things like skills exchange and workshops (i.e. teaching young African hiphoppers how to rock pirated audio software...) Call it what you want – creating community, deconstructing the exotic, making collaborations in a fair and respectful way – the music speaks for itself.
released 14 October 2008
All songs produced and mixed by Maga Bo. Recorded in Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Portugal and Zanzibar.
MAGA BO's work as a producer, DJ, and musician has received international acclaim. He has worked and performed in over 40
countries including performances at WOMEX, Mundial and Transmediale. He counts among his collaborators the likes of Mulatu Astatke, Marcelo Yuka and Issa Bagayogo. His music and remixes have been released by Tru-Thoughts, Ninja Tune, Cumbancha, Soot and many others....more