Spanning the breadth of international urban bass music, Maga Bo's work makes connections between the organic and the electronic, the traditional and the avant-garde and the local with the global. In his live performances, original productions and remixes from his far reaching creative collaborations take new forms mixed live, often with the participation of MCs and live musicians.
Direct, in-person, on-location collaboration with other artists has been paramount in his work, having participated in artistic residencies in Morocco, India, Ethiopia, Senegal, Zanzibar, South Africa to name a few. There are no canned samples here - all instruments and vocals come straight from the source. His current work is decidedly afro-brazilian oriented and includes collaborations with some of Brazil’s brightest talents - from BNegão and Macelo Yuka to Grupo Bongar and Samba do Coco Raízes de Arcoverde.
His studio work and live performances are informed by the philosophies of hip hop and dub on a fundamental level. Adding and subtracting elements dub-wise in the same way that as artist might work with positive and negative space. Inspired by hip hop and sound system culture, the recontextualizion of riddims and sounds is enriched by the presence of live vocalists and percussion. Working with layers of sounds, it's not only rhythm or harmony, but juxtapositions and textures that give this work a depth rarely seen in electronic music today.
Maga Bo has performed in India to Ethiopia to Brazil to major summer festivals across Europe to touring North America and Australia. He has performed at the WOMAD UK, World Wide, Sydney Festival, Womex, Transmediale and Mundial. On the road nearly constantly, he still manages to keep up up on the production front - having collaborated with Mulatu Astatke, Issa Bagayogo, Shilpa Rao, Baiana Systemem as well as releasing critically acclaimed remixes for Bomba Estéreo, Poirier, Luisa Maita, Filastine, Blick Bassy and Systema Solar.
His critically acclaimed debut full length album, recorded in Senegal, Tanzania, Morocco and South Africa with heavyweight local rappers and musicians, Archipelagoes, was released on DJ / Rupture´s Soot Records. He later released an EP on Senseless Records from his work with traditional musicians in Ethiopia. Quilombo do Futuro, released in May, 2012 to major international critical acclaim, was the product of long-term focus and slow-cultivation of musical ideas and collaobrations in his chosen home and roots in Rio de Janeiro. His music and remixes have also been released on Tru Thoughts, Ninja Tune, Soundway, Cumbancha, World Connection. In 2014, he co-founded (along with SoundGoods) Kafundó Records which focuses on releasing new digital roots music from Brazil.
Having performed and worked in over 40 countries, his work has brought him in confrontation with coked up, bribe-seeking policeman, inebriated clandestine taxi drivers and malaria. Tackling challenging topics of cultural appropriation, stylistic fusion and immigration, this is crucial creativity and collaboration accomplished by any means necessary. Call it transnational bass or global bass or tropical bass, Maga Bo is tapped into and part of this exciting new sonic zone.