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  • Maga Bo

I don’t spend much time keeping up on club music these days, but I perked up when I saw that New York-born, Rio de Janeiro-based DJ Maga Bo has a new album, Quilombo do Futuro (Post World Industries), due May 22. I first heard him in 2008 when he performed at Chicago’s World Music Festival, and at the time I remarked on the scarcity of sounds from his adopted homeland on his album Archipelagos: “Though he’s from Rio de Janeiro, little on the disc is recognizably Brazilian; using a laptop and a microphone, he’s woven the contributions of singers and MCs from Morocco, South Africa, Portugal, Tanzania, and Senegal, among other places, into a thunderous programmed-and-sampled mix of hip-hop, dancehall, drum ‘n’ bass, and various traditional rhythms. When he incorporates live instruments like oud, qanun, kora, and tabla, they fit naturally, without diluting the propulsive power of his trunk-rattling beats—more evidence that he’s got some of the smartest ears in the game.”