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by Maga Bo

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Boomkat - "DJ/Rupture's awesome Soot imprint returns with another globe trekking album from the constantly ace Maga Bo fresh from another musical mooch through the sonic territories of grime, cumbia, reggaeton and of course hiphop, picking up collaborators and companions along the way. 'Nakhil' opens with an electro grime riddim providing a solid base for K-Libre's fiery delivery, while the two collaborations with Mohammed Issa Matona take in lush orchestral sweeps combined with Maga's laptop honed bass riddims. There's so much to take in on this album that it will take a fair few listens to peel pack the layers of multi disciplined instrumental styles and twisted tongues encrusted into it's seething mass of beats that we can't do it justice in a review. Dive in yourself and get lost in Maga Bo's global sound conundrum. Dense."

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. In addition, there are 3 accompanying video clips shoot in Dakar, Senegal and Cape Town, South Africa available online.

Archipelagoes 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 October 14, 2008

All songs produced and mixed by Maga Bo. Recorded in Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Portugal and Zanzibar.


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Maga Bo Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

MAGA BO's work as a producer, DJ, and musician has received international acclaim. He has worked and performed in over 50 countries including performances at WOMEX, Worldwide Festival and WOMAD UK. 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

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