Luaka Bop

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Luaka Bop
Luaka Bop logo.svg
Founded 1988
Founder David Byrne
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Records (1988–2000)
Narada/Virgin/EMI Records (2000–2005)
V2/BMG Records 2005–2006)
Genre World Music, Rock, Pop, Jazz, BuBu, Soul, Funk, Folk, Psychedelic
Country of origin United States
Location New York, New York
Official website Luaka Bop

Luaka Bop is a world music-oriented record label established by David Byrne,[1] former guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer of the art rock-new wave band Talking Heads. It has been a wholly independent label since leaving V2 in 2006. Previous distribution relationships included Warner Bros. Records and Narada/Virgin/EMI Records.

Luaka Bop has been responsible for compilations representing sounds from around the world as well as the release of full length albums, EPs, and singles from individual artists and bands. Brazil Classics kicked off the label and a set of seven albums surveying eras and artists ranging from Samba to Tropicália. Ventures into Afro-Peruvian [1] and AfroPean musics unearthed the talents of Susana Baca and Zap Mama, respectively. World Psychedelic Classics is made up of five albums and includes artists such as Shuggie Otis[2], Os Mutantes as well as West African artists of the late 1960s. Additionally, the label has released Cuba [3] and Asia Classics [4].

Byrne took the phrase "Luaka Bop" for his record label from the inner packaging of a specialty tea which is sold in England. (Luaka is the name of a tea importer. Luaka's "Broken Orange Pekoe" is packaged in a silver foil block; when the sleeve is removed, it reveals a white label stuck to the foil, reading "Luaka BOP".)

Iconography[edit]

One of the ways in which Luaka Bop has established the identity of their unclassifiable pop is through the design of album covers. Working with renowned designers such as Tibor Kalman, Stefan Sagmeister, Scott Stowell and Stephen Doyle, the projects are based in a visual language familiar and exciting to the contemporary eye, instead of settling on staid ideas of the non-American music released. David Byrne comments, "We don’t do covers that look like folkloric records or like academic records of obscure material of interest only to musicologists and a few weird fringe types... we work with the designers to come up with a graphic statement that says "this music is relevant to your life." Tibor Kalman's M&Co. was the first to begin this execution; he designed the Brazil Classics 1 & 2, To Scratch That Itch and also began the tradition of the mutable split-colored spine, which would be altered with every change in distribution. During the Warner Brothers era, Stefan Sagmeister designed the first Luaka Bop poster of a pearl floating in space, inscribed with "The World Is Our Oyster" and also designed Adventures in Afropea 3: Telling Stories To The Sea, using the drill to mark promo CDs as the basis for the insert, with every page's separate image revolving around the small hole in the middle. Most recently, cartoonist Paul Hornschmeier illustrated Luaka Bop's history for the 20th anniversary release, along with Yonlu's A Society In Which No Tear Is Shed Is Inconceivably Mediocre. When faced with the problem of photographing Kings Go Forth, an 11-piece group, KGF's Andy Noble suggested outsider artist Mingering Mike. After spending a lifetime creating faux-album covers, he finally agreed to lend his hand to an actual release, 2010's The Outsiders Are Back. Mike's original drawing included 5 band members and was reworked to include 11 with the aid of designer and artist Paul Diddy.

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The Luaka Bop logo design was conceived by David Byrne and illustrated by Tibor Kalman.

Artists[edit]

Compilations[edit]

Discography[edit]

Artist Title Catalog Number Release date
Various Artists Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical: Compiled by David Byrne 25805 1989
Various Artists ’’Brazil Classics 2: O Samba: Samba Y Pagode’’ 26019 1989
David Byrne ’’Rei Momo’’ 25990 1989
Tom Ze Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Ze 26396 1990
Various Artists Brazil Classics 3: Forro Etc: Music of the Brazilian Northeast 26323 1991
David Byrne ’’The Forest’’ 26584 1991
Silvio Rodríguez Cuba Classics 1: The Best of Silvio Rodríguez 26789 1991
Various Artists Cuba Classics 2: Dancing With the Enemy 26580 1991
A.R. Kane ’’Americana’’ 26669 1992
Vijaya Anand Asia Classics 1: The South Indian Film Music of Viajaya Anand: Dance Raja Dance 26847 1992
Vijaya Anand Dancing Is Beautiful 12" 40636 1992
Various Artists Cuba Classics 3: Diablo Al Inferno 45107 1992
David Byrne ’’Uh-Oh’’ 26799 1992
Zap Mama ’’Bottom (single)’’ 41002 1992
Tom Ze Brazil 5: The Return of Tom Ze: The Hips of Tradition 45118 1992
Zap Mama Adventures In Afropea 1 45183 1993
Djur Djura Adventures in Afropea 2: The Best of Djur Djura: Voice of Silence 45211 1993
Zap Mama Sabsylma 46486 1994
David Byrne ’’David Byrne’’ 46605 1994
Shoukichi Kina Asia Classics 2: The Best of Shoukichi Kina: Peppermint Tea House’’ 45159 1994
Geggy Tah Grand Opening 45254 1994
A.R. Kane New Clear Child" 45253 1994
Susana Baca The Soul of Black Peru: Afro-Peruvian Classics 45876 1995
Cornershop ’’Woman's Gotta Have It’’ 46018 1995
Cornershop ’’"Wog": Remixes by Freaky Chakra and Witchman (single)’’ 43648 1995
Original Soundtrack Blue In The Face 45921 1995
Various Artists Adventures in Afropea 3: Telling Stories to the Sea 45669 1995
Geggy Tah Sacred Cow 46113 1996
King Chango King Chango 46288 1996
Paulo Branganca ’’Amai’’ 46334 1996
Zap Mama Seven 45537 1997
Jim White Wrong-Eyed Jesus 46472 1997
Cornershop ’’When I Was Born For The 7th Time’’ 46576 1997
David Byrne ’’Feelings’’ 46605 1997
Susana Baca Susana Baca 46627 1997
Waldemar Bastos Pretaluz 46481 1997
Los Amigos Invisibles ’’The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera’’ 46839 1998
Mimi Goese Soak 46651 1998
Cornershop ’’Sleep on the Left Side/Brimful of Asha (single)’’ 44524 1998
Los de Abajo Los De Abajo 46974 1998
Tom Zé Fabrication Defect 46953 1998
Mimi Goese Piece of Cake 6 80899 5003-2-6 1998
Bloque Bloque 47060 1998
Various Artists Beleza Tropical 2: Novo! Mais! Melhor! 46275 1998
Os Mutantes World Psychedelic Classics 1: Brazil: The Best of Os Mutantes 47251 1999
Tom Ze ’’Postmodern Platos (EP)’’ PRO-CD-9561 1999
Zap Mama A Ma Zone’’ 7243 8 48412 2 5/V2-48412 1999
King Chango Return of El Santo 7243 8 50307 2 7/V2-50307 2000
Various Artists ’’Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents On The Job’’ 7243 8 48922 2 7/V2-48922 2000
"Clinton" Disco and the Halfway to Discontent" ASW 48792 2000
Los Amigos Invisibles Arepa 3000 6 80899 0041-2-1 2000
Susana Baca Eco do Sombras 6 80899 0042-2-0 2000
Jim White No Such Place 6 80899 0043-2-2 2001
SiSe ’’The Rain (Where Do I Begin?) (EP)’’ 7243 8 11667 2 7/V2-11667 2001
David Byrne ’’Look into the Eyeball’’ 7243 8 50924 2 8/V2-50924 2001
Jim White ’’Gimme Five’’ 6 80899 5002-2-7 2001
Geggy Tah Into The Oh 6 80899 0044-2-8 2001
Shuggie Otis ’’World Psychedelic Classic 2: California Soul: Inspiration Information’’ 6 80899 0045-2-7 2001
SiSe SiSe 6 80899 0046-2-6 2001
Los de Abajo Cybertropic Chiango Power 6 80899 0047-2-5 2001
Susana Baca Espiritu Vivo 6 80899 0048-2-4 2002
SiSe ’’The Rain (Where Do I Begin?) (single)’’ 7243 8 38802 2 5/V2-38802 2002
Moreno + Two Music Typewriter 6 80899 0049-2-3 2002
Various Artists ’’The Only Blip Hop Record You’ll Ever Need, Vol. 1’’ 6 80899 0050-2-9 2002
Various Artists Cuisine Non-Stop: Introduction to The French Nouvelle Generation 6 80899 0051-2-8 2002
Various Artists World Psychedelic Classis, Vol. 3: Love's A Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa 6 80899 0052-2-7 2004
Domenico + Two Sincerely Hot’’ 6 80899 0053-2-6 2004
Los Amigos Invisibles The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1 6 80899 0054-2-5 2004
Zap Mama Ancestry In Progress 6 8089-90056-2 2004
Zap Mama Push It To The Max 6 80899 5005-2-4 2006
Tom Ze Estudande O Pagode: Na Opereta Segregamulher E Amor 6 8089-90062-2 2006
Various Artists Luaka Bop Remix VVR1041052 2006
Os Mutantes Os Mutantes Live 6 80899 0068-2-8 2007
Various Artists What's Happening In Pernambuco: New Sounds of the Brazilian Northeast’’ 6 80899 0065-2-1 2008
Jim White A Funny Little Cross To Bear Live (EP)" 6 80899 5016-2-0 2008
Jim White Transnormal Skiperoo 6 80899 0069-2-7 2008
Yonlu A Society In Which No Tear Is Shed Is Inconceivably Mediocre 6 80899 0070-2-3 2009
Susana Baca Seis Poemas 6 80899 5017-2-9 2009
Marcio Local Says Don Dree Don Day Don Don: Adventures In Samba Soul 6 80899 0071-2-2 2009
The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! ’’I Love You I Love You I Love You and I’m In Love With You! Have an Awesome Day!’’ 6 80899 0073-2-0 2010
Javelin No Mas 6 80899 0074-2-9 2010
Kings Go Forth The Outsiders Are Back 6 80899 0075-2-8 2010
Tom Ze Studies of Tom Ze/Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You (box set) 6 80899 8001-1-2 2010
Tom Ze Estudando A Bossa (Nordeste Plaza) 6 80899 0072-2-1 2010
Kings Go Forth Don't Take My Shadow 12": The Tom Moulton Mixes 6 80899 4508-1-2 2010
Javelin Coleridge 7" b/w Colleagues 6 80899 4511-1-6 2011
Delicate Steve Butterfly 7" b/w Albatross 6 80899 4510-1-7 2011
Delicate Steve Wondervisions 6 80899 0076-2-7 2011
Susana Baca Afrodiaspora 6 80899 0077-2-6 2011
Javelin Canyon Candy 6 80899 5019-1-0 2011
Bright Moments Natives 6 80899 0078-2-6 2012
Javelin EP 1 & EP 2 6 80899 5020-3-0 2012
Delicate Steve Positive Force 6 80899 0081-1-2 2012
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang En Yay Sah 6 80899 0080-1-3 2012
Tim Maia World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever - The Existential Soul of Tim Maia 6 80899 0067-1-2 2012
Javelin Hi Beams 6 80899 0082-1-1 2013
Various Artists Adventures in Afropea 3: Telling Stories to the Sea 6 80899 0021-1-0 2013
William Onyeabor World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? 6 80899 0079-2-4 2013

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