i’ve been reading rio-based maga bo‘s adventures in the sonic wilderness for some time, over at the kolleidosonic blog. much like his fellow soot labelmate and sonar calibradio sound system collaborator, filastine, maga bo‘s creative process involves lengthy excursions outside of his homeland, most recently through central and south america, africa and the middle east. local collaborations and artistic explorations throughout these regions are pivotal to the development of maga bo’s work; the roots of which are often posted on kolleidosonic and the results of which can now be found on the new ‘confusion of tongues’ mixtape and accompanying twelves.
as you can expect, we’re entering an arena where no definitions are sacred, where international sounds and rhythms are passed down the generations to intersect with hip hop, ragga, drum’n’bass, dancehall and so much more. the mixtape features new productions with mcs such as pee froiss (senegal) and bigg & k-libre (morocco) amongst many others. the two twelves feature mixes from dr das (asian dub foundation), dj/rupture‘s nettle project and ghislain poirier. get it now via boomkat or midheaven.
in addition to the two excellent mixes above, bo has also contributed a new mix as the first cab off the ranks in the ‘world up mixtape’ series – an incredible, high-speed run through forty-five tracks, skipping from brazil and jamaica, to senegal and angola, and many more points on the compass, meeting k’naan, dj/rupture, buraka som sistema, vybz kartel, diplo and even kelis along the way. stream the mixtape at worldup.podomatic.com.
and if you need further mixes to satiate your internationalist craving, check another new mix over at spannered as well as sambacana – a monthly online radio show curated by bo and decidated to exposing a incredible diversity of brazilian music. hit the archives at brazilnetwork.org.