CLUB BRASIL was born in 1990 when Michael
Mitchell (aka 'DJ Mitch') brought the sounds of Brazil to the streets
CLUB BRASIL had humble, if pioneering roots,
with Mitch setting up the first ever Brazilian and Latin music stalls
in Portobello and Camden markets, the biggest street outlets in Europe.
couldn't be confined to Vinyl Junkies for long and that same year he
got together with Brazilian's Regina Webb and DJ Edson to open one of
London's first Brazilian Clubs, 'Cantinho Brasilero' which quickly
became a cornerstone of Latin America on London's world-famous Oxford
Inspired by the response to 'Cantinho Brasilero' (View Poster Artwork)
and the growing demand for quality music, Mitch spent time in Brazil
throughout 1991 listening to sounds and returning with a stock pile of
Brazilian music on LP and CD for the stalls in London. Meanwhile a new
trend had emerged, the thousands of Japanese visitors to London each
year would come, not in search of Harrods and Buckingham Palace, but of
rare 60' s and 70's Brazilian albums.
The popularity of the music grew amongst natives and visitors alike.
Mitch returned to Brazil in 1993 to organise the reissue of some
classic Brazilian albums for the Japanese market.
years were a period of whirlwind activity, not only did CLUB BRASIL collaborate with HPI Brazil
and reissue classic albums from artists including Joyce, Marcos Valle,
Banda Black Rio, Flora Purim, Tania Maria, Azymuth and Wanda Sa but
also reappeared in a burst of sound and colour on London's live scene.
inspired by a night in Rio De Janeiro in 1993 when Mitch met the
legendary Brazilian Superstar Ed Motta. The two, having agreed
on their mission to bring the spirit of Rio across the Atlantic.
Mitch organised a show featuring Ed at Dingwalls
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in Camden which proved a revelation and it was the beginning of CLUB BRASIL's transition to a wider
That same year Mitch DJ'd at the Notting Hill Carnival, the street
party 2nd only to Rio's Mardi Gras. After his first set lit up the
streets of west London, he became a fixture at carnival. It wasn't just
the crowd he turned on, sound system owner David Boland saw the
immediate popularity of CLUB BRASIL and
since then Mitch has played every year. He and David are now rapidly
approaching their eleventh year appearing with the CLUB BRASIL crew to undiminished acclaim.
CLUB BRASIL's show at Carnival 2000 was
a defining moment, having brought the cream of London's Latin DJ's
together under one banner, Mitch played alongside luminaries including
Alex Chileno, Andrew Lorenzo, CC Romain and Frank Binder.
Not only was
this a celebration of three decades of Brazilian sounds, they mixed
cutting edge hip-hop and drum & bass in a two day extravaganza
which kicked the English reserve in to touch and raised the roof at the
success, this Latin DJ 'Dream Team' launched a series of parties in and
around London as a unified CLUB BRASIL,
all of which saw huge crowds abandon themselves to new and original
As CLUB BRASIL rapidly progressed, it
introduced Samba shows and performances of the Brazilian Martial Arts
Dance Capoeira into the experience.
To join CLUB BRASIL's next party
see the 'Party Guide'.
In 2000 Mitch
decided to take CLUB BRASIL to its
next logical step of creating and releasing it's own music on a Record Label.
After co-producing the album 'Bossa Jazz' in 1999 with London's hippest
Latin Jazz outfit 'Vida Nova', Mitch and the CLUB
BRASIL team launched it's first solo album 'Sangue Latino'
in 2002 and the follow up 'Sangue
Latino 2' in 2003 and Sangue Latino 3 in 2004.
This series of albums features the cream of the UK's
finest jazz talents including, John Crawford and Finn Peters from Grupo
X, Andy LaFone from Negrocan,
Guida de Palma from
Banks from De Lata and
Ive Mendes to name a few.
In the spring of 2004 Mitch travelled to Rio to meet
the legendary Brazilian keyboardist Thomas Improta, who had been
recommended to him by close friend and musician Ricardo Camargos.
Tomas Improta had worked with a wide range of Brazilian popular music
icons (Caetano Veloso, Gilberto
Gil, Gal Costa). So when Mitch asked
him to form a band Tomas had no trouble in attracting some of the
finest old and new musicians active in Brazil today. The line-up
featured legendary percussionist Robertinho
Silva, Jurim Moreira on
drums, Alberto Continentino on
bass, Gabriel Improta
Andrea Dias on flute and rising Jazz star Jesse Sadoc on
trumpet. This all star line-up then recorded two albums, The
Ipanema Set and Bossa Beats during the early
summer of 2004.
In July 2004 DJ Nik
Weston (mukatsuku) joined the Club
Brasil team bringing a lot of guidance and direction to the label.
He proposed and compiled the first 12" release The Sound Of Club
Brasil Volume 1' which was a huge success receiving airplay on Gilles
Petersons radio 1
show, Patrick Forge's
Kiss FM show, Mike Chadwicks
Jazz FM show, Helen Mayhew's
radio 2 show indeed this ep was
a hit with djs all over the globe.
This exposure lead to the labels profile being raised,
it also made Mitch realise that as the jazzy instrumental by Finn
Peters 'Aldeia de Ogum' was by far the most popular track on
then maybe it was time to use a much more
jazzier approach on the next Club Brasil release.
So in winter 2004 Mitch asked Tomas Improta to again
gather our Brazilian all star band together to record the album
Jungle Kitten. This Rio recording session provided us with yet
more monster tracks! Once the new recording sessions were sent to the
UK, Mitch enlisted respected sound engineer Robin Hughes who has worked
with the likes of Jazzinho,
Suede and Talvin Singh to produce the
and Chris Lewis who has
worked with Airto, Flora Purim, Roy Ayers
to master the album. Also recruited to add some
more of his
dazzling flute was Finn Peters - the results of the whole project were
Nik Weston has selected three tracks from the album
Jungle Kitten to go on our new sound of Club Brasil Volume two
12". These tracks are Jungle Kitten (Tomas Improta and Finn Peters)
Vera Cruz (Mariana Feo)
Vera Cruz Inst (Jesse Sadoc).
Also included on
the 12" is the track Cravo e Canela (Valeria Lobao) from The
Set - this limited edition sampler will be released in November.
Also we are very happy to announce that the
Japanese label Impartmaint/Rip
Curl Recordings will be releasing the
album Jungle Kitten on CD exclusively throughout Japan on November 27th
CLUB BRAZILIAN's can now wear their souls
on their sleeves with CLUB BRASIL's
own line of clothing (View
Magazine Covers) as sported on the torsos of Latin music
lovers from London to Rio to Tokyo and all points between.
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SHOP for all the latest CDs and Merchandising.