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Nyati Mayi & the Astral Synth Transmitters’ modern take on the lulanga
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Nyati Mayi & the Astral Synth Transmitters’ modern take on the lulanga

Brussel-born Congolese artist Nyati Mayi and Belgian based producer DJ soFa, aka the Astral Synth Transmitter, joined forces to record their debut album Lulanga Tales. They had known each other for a longtime, but the […]

Maloya meets currulao on Somin Tegor
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Maloya meets currulao on Somin Tegor

Bongo Joe Records hosts Afro-colombian outfit Pixvae and creole group Ti’Kaniki to team up as An’Pagay to produce their first album, Somin Tegor. Fusing festive Afro-Colombian currulao with the warm Creole tunes of maloya allowed […]

Madalitso Band returns with an exuberant third album
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Madalitso Band returns with an exuberant third album

The Malawian folk music duo is about to release their third album entitled Musakayike via Bongo Joe Records Having met twenty years ago in Lilongwe, Malawi, the duo formed by musicians Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe […]

África Negra: the cult group of São Tomé will soon have its anthology
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África Negra: the cult group of São Tomé will soon have its anthology

The flagship group of the island, started in the 70s, has gone through wind and tide. The label Bongo Joe is working to reissue its greatest hits in the first volume of an anthology. While […]

The Madalitso Band release “Ndalakwanji” music video
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The Madalitso Band release "Ndalakwanji" music video

In the new visual for “Ndalakwanji,” the duo use their own hand-made instruments to set the mood in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Having been playing together for 10 years, Yobu Maligwa and Yosefe Kalekeni […]

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Bongo Joe brings back the voice of the people of Sao Tome & Principe, Pedro Lima
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Bongo Joe brings back the voice of the people of Sao Tome & Principe, Pedro Lima

Recorded in 1985, the album Maguidala is reissued for the first time on Bongo Joe Records After the release of the very first compilation dedicated to the golden age of sound made in São Tomé […]

Bongo Joe pays tribute to Malagasy guitarist Damily
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Bongo Joe pays tribute to Malagasy guitarist Damily

The compilation Early Years gather Damily’s debuts recorded during 1995 and 2002. Madagaskar had conditioned us to its northern “mafana” (hot) rhythms, but truth is, the temperature only goes up as you head south of the […]

Bongo Joe shares Pedro Lima song from upcoming São Tomé and Príncipe compilation
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Bongo Joe shares Pedro Lima song from upcoming São Tomé and Príncipe compilation

Bongo Joe unveils a new track from their upcoming compilation Léve Léve, dedicated to the golden era of São Tomé & Príncipe music. Léve Léve is the first ever compilation devoted to music from São Tomé & […]