Happy Birthday Tim Maia!!!
8 years ago we celebrated Tim’s 70th birthday by releasing ‘Nobody Lives Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia’ and hosting massive birthday parties all over the globe. Today would have been Tim’s 78th birthday, and our dear friends at Rough Trade are helping us celebrate with a super and limited edition of our album.
Doug Hream Blunt the movie
At some point in your life or maybe all your life you’ve wanted to be in a band and play for adoring fans. Right?
Male nurse turned Luaka artist / cult icon Doug Hream Blunt wanted that too and at the age of 35 sought to make it happen by signing up for a class called ‘How To Form A Band’. Thirty years later Luaka Bop released My Name Is Doug Hream Blunt and catapulted Doug to superstardom.
Now available for the first time to you, the masses, is a wonderful film called ‘HREAM: A Documentary About Doug Hream Blunt’ that tells this story and charts how Doug went from performing only for his hospital patients at the Laguna Honda Hospital to playing shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Moscow and Tasmania with a bunch of amateurs, semi-professional and professional musicians from all over the world and even some actually pretty famous people like Peanut Butter Wolf and David Byrne. It premiered last week in The Quietus, who said: “Hug’s film is terrific…. It presents in Blunt a truly inspirational figure, whose enthusiasm for life and music is at the film’s heart.”
King Changó is out now for first time on vinyl
Luaka Bop is releasing King Changó’s albums on vinyl for the first time as a tribute to Blanquito Man, who passed away in 2017 after a long battle with liver cancer, and in gratitude of King Changó’s die-hard fans. …Read More!
The Time For Peace Is Now: Soul Gospel of the 1970s
None of these artists expected anyone to care 40 years after they recorded these songs—in a different life and a different time. And we didn’t expect the stories about what their lives were then to resonate so powerfully now. We set out to make a documentary on gospel, but by the end of our trip it was clear that there was so much more to it than just the stories of the music. …Read More and Watch Now!
Utopia is here!
Luaka Bop is excited to announce the release of Danish duo Bremer/McCoy’s debut album, Utopia, released October 18th. …Read More
Time For Peace
We asked Leo Hallin to make an animated video for the title track from our new compilation World Spirituality Classics 2: The Time For Peace Is Now: Gospel Music About Us, and we love his interpretation.