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Alternative & Indie - Released July 19, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Anatolian lo-fi samba, sung in English, French and Turkish! With such a colourful program, Mantra Moderne is poised to be summer 2019’s most iconic album. This indie-world soundtrack is the lovechild of duo Kit Sebastian. Kit Martin, the one-man-bedroom-band, lives between London and Paris, writing and performing the songs on this first album over which his accomplice Merve Erdem lays her voice. The singer from Istanbul cast her anchor in the British capital. These days it seems unexpected stylistic fusions are all the rage, and Mantra Moderne is the flag bearer for that trend. From Brazilian tropicalism to 60s British pop, and turkish psychedelics to analog electronica, Kit Sebastian like to sift through 20th century music just as Stereolab, Broadcast and Khruangbin did before them. Their cabinet of curiosities includes acoustic and analog instruments, tablas, darbukas, a balalaïka, an oud, a Korg MS-20 and a Farfisa organ. The pair crafts a deliciously minimalistic symphony. It’s mischievous, and oh-so-sixties: The most exotic Qobuzissime of the year! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released June 19, 2020 | Mr Bongo

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Jazz - Released July 10, 2020 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released September 20, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Charismatic singer and saxophonist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is the missing link in the musical evolution of his native Ghana, linking the highlife of the 50s and 60s with contemporary afrobeat. Control is a reissue of a 1980 album which saw a combination of the brassy swing of the highlife orchestras, the pan-African funk of afrobeat, the relaxing nonchalance of reggae as well as the frivolity of disco, influences we would not be surprised to find elements of on a Wizkid or Fuse ODG record. A veritable tour de force, the Zantoda Mark III group masterfully touches on all these aesthetics, all while ensuring total control of the dancefloor. An accomplished reggaeman (Woye Afofo), charming crooner (Don’t Go) or convincing prophet (The Message), Gyedu-Blay Ambolley rouses his troops and wins every battle. Forty years after its release, Control can’t cheat the dated electronic effects, which could make you smile somewhat, but the level of musical density and richness hasn’t aged a bit. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released March 20, 2020 | Mr Bongo

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R&B - Released March 6, 2020 | Mr Bongo

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 10, 2020 | Mr Bongo

Anatolian lo-fi samba, sung in English, French and Turkish! With such a colourful program, Mantra Moderne is poised to be summer 2019’s most iconic album. This indie-world soundtrack is the lovechild of duo Kit Sebastian. Kit Martin, the one-man-bedroom-band, lives between London and Paris, writing and performing the songs on this first album over which his accomplice Merve Erdem lays her voice. The singer from Istanbul cast her anchor in the British capital. These days it seems unexpected stylistic fusions are all the rage, and Mantra Moderne is the flag bearer for that trend. From Brazilian tropicalism to 60s British pop, and turkish psychedelics to analog electronica, Kit Sebastian like to sift through 20th century music just as Stereolab, Broadcast and Khruangbin did before them. Their cabinet of curiosities includes acoustic and analog instruments, tablas, darbukas, a balalaïka, an oud, a Korg MS-20 and a Farfisa organ. The pair crafts a deliciously minimalistic symphony. It’s mischievous, and oh-so-sixties: The most exotic Qobuzissime of the year! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Africa - Released November 1, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 27, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released November 8, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released February 28, 2020 | Mr Bongo

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released September 20, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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World - Released July 17, 2020 | Mr Bongo

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released August 9, 2019 | Mr Bongo

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Africa - Released October 11, 2019 | Mr Bongo