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Mr Bongo at Rappcats, March 12-13

Mr. Bongo pop-up record shop at Rappcats, 5636 York Blvd, Los Angeles - Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13, Noon–6PM. We're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Arthur Verocai's 1972 self-titled album.

Mr Bongo at Rappcats, March 12-13

Dave ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle began digging in Venezuela over 30 years ago; filling up suitcases with amazing latin records to bring back to Europe. He has continued ever since – in warehouses in the US, to dusty back street shops in South America, houses and garages in Africa, and lesser known spots in Europe and Asia. This led to several successful record shops in central London, plus one in the heart of Shibuya, Tokyo. Now located in Brighton, Mr Bongo continues to shine bright as a store and a label, releasing and reissuing the finest funky music from around the world; notably the  Brazilian producer, arranger and guitar player Arthur Verocai's 1972 self-titled masterpiece. This release is considered by many people to be the greatest Brazilian jazz album of all time and perhaps one of the greatest albums ever made.

With 2022 marking 50 years since the album’s original release, we will be celebrating the majestic world of Arthur Verocai during the Mr Bongo pop-up. Alongside an original copy of the album being made available, we will be showcasing the label’s definitive reissue, an exact replica of the gatefold original LP re-mastered from the original tapes under Arthur’s supervision. There will also be a wide selection of original copies of albums from artists that Verocai worked with in various capacities over his career, including classics from Jorge Ben, Celia, Gal Costa, Ivan Lins and many more.

Mr. Bongo’s pop up record shops are the only way to purchase the vintage titles that he has made his reputation purveying. This is the sixth year Rappcats hosts Mr. Bongo and his team return for another pop up record shop jam-packed with his current discoveries and hard-to-find originals. Expect everything from the rarest that Brazil has to offer to one–off disco oddities from Africa to genres you didn’t know existed. And a healthy amount of soul, funk and jazz of course! It’s a weekend long event, and the label’s stock will be on offer alongside the vintage titles.