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 LuakaBop.com

Luaka Bop is a world music-oriented record label established by musician and record producer David Byrne,[1] former lead singer and guitarist for the art rocknew wave band Talking Heads. Originally established in 1988, the label has been wholly independent since leaving V2 Records in 2006. Previously the label had distribution relationships with Warner Bros. Records and Narada/Virgin/EMI Records.

Luaka Bop has released compilations representing sounds from around the world, as well as full-length albums, EPs, and singles from individual artists, including Byrne himself. Brazil Classics, the label's first compilation series, consists of seven albums surveying genres ranging from Samba to Tropicália, as well as individual artists. Cuba Classics and Asia Classics followed a similar pattern. The label branched out into Afro-Peruvian and "Afropean" music with albums by Susana Baca and Zap Mama, respectively. World Psychedelic Classics is a series of five albums including artists such as Shuggie Otis, Os Mutantes, and various West African musicians of the late 1960s.

Name and branding[edit]

Byrne took the phrase "Luaka Bop" from the inner packaging of a specialty tea which is sold in England. Luaka is the name of a tea importer. Their "Broken Orange Pekoe" is packaged in a silver foil block; when the sleeve is removed, it reveals a white label that reads "Luaka BOP". In 1989 Byrne hired Yale Evelev as president of the label.[2]

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

Kalman also designed the first two Brazil Classics albums and began the tradition of the split-color spine, which was altered with every change in distribution.[clarification needed] Other designers from Kalman's M & Co., including Stefan Sagmeister, Scott Stowell and Stephen Doyle, have provided the label with distinctive album art. On this topic Byrne said, "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…'"[3]

Artists[edit]

Notable artists who have recorded for the label include:

Discography[edit]

Artist Title Catalog Number Release Date
Various Artists Brazil Classics 1: Beleza Tropical 25805 1989-01
David Byrne Rei Momo 25990 1989-10
Various Artists Brazil Classics 2: O Samba 26019 1989-11
Tom Zé Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Zé 26323 1990-11
Various Artists Brazil Classics 3: Forro etc.: Music of the Brazilian Northeast 26323 1991-03
Silvio Rodríguez Cuba Classics 1: The Best of Silvio Rodríguez 26789 1991-03
Various Artists Cuba Classics 2: Dancing With the Enemy 26580 1991-06
David Byrne The Forest 26584 1991-06
A.R. Kane Americana 26669 1992-01
David Byrne Uh-Oh 26799 1992-03
Vijaya Anand Asia Classics 1: The South Indian Film Music of Viajaya Anand: Dance Raja Dance 26847 1992-04
Vijaya Anand "Dancing Is Beautiful" (12") 40636 1992
Various Artists Cuba Classics 3: Diablo al Inferno 45107 1992-11
Zap Mama "Bottom" (single) 41002 1992
Tom Zé Brazil 5: The Return of Tom Zé: The Hips of Tradition 45118 1992-11
Zap Mama Adventures in Afropea 1 45183 1993
Djur Djura Adventures in Afropea 2: The Best of Djur Djura: Voice of Silence 45211 1993-10
Zap Mama Sabsylma 46486 1994
Shoukichi Kina Asia Classics 2: The Best of Shoukichi Kina: Peppermint Tea House 45159 1994-05
David Byrne David Byrne (album) 46605 1994-05
Geggy Tah Grand Opening 45254 1994-05
A.R. Kane New Clear Child 45253 1994-09
Various Artists The Soul of Black Peru: Afro-Peruvian Classics 45876 1995-05
Original Soundtrack Blue In The Face 45921 1995-09
Cornershop Woman's Gotta Have It 46018 1995-10
Cornershop "W.O.G. – The U.S Western Oriental mixes" (single) 43648 1995
Various Artists Adventures in Afropea 3: Telling Stories to the Sea 45669 1995
Geggy Tah Sacred Cow 46113 1996
King Changó King Changó 46288 1995-10
Paulo Bragança Amai 46334 1996-08
Zap Mama Seven 45537 1997
Jim White Wrong-Eyed Jesus 46472 1996-10
David Byrne Feelings 46605 1997-04
Susana Baca Susana Baca 46627 1997-09
Cornershop When I Was Born for the 7th Time 46576 1997-09
Waldemar Bastos Pretaluz 46481 1998-03
Los Amigos Invisibles The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera 46839 1998-03
Mimi Goese Soak 46651 1998-05
Cornershop "Sleep on the Left Side"/"Brimful of Asha" (single) 44524 1998
Los de Abajo Los de Abajo (album) 46974 1998-08
Tom Zé Fabrication Defect 46953 1998-09
Mimi Goese "Piece of Cake" 6 80899 5003-2-6 1998
Bloque Bloque (album) 47060 1998-10
Various Artists Beleza Tropical 2: Novo! Mais! Melhor! 46275 1998-11
Tom Zé Postmodern Platos (EP) PRO-CD-9561 1999-05
Os Mutantes World Psychedelic Classics 1: Brazil: The Best of Os Mutantes 47251 1999-06
Zap Mama A Ma Zone 7243 8 48412 2 5/V2-48412 1999-10
King Changó 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
Si*Sé 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 Classics 2: California Soul: Inspiration Information 6 80899 0045-2-7 2001
Si*Sé Si*Sé (album) 6 80899 0046-2-6 2001
Los de Abajo Cybertropic Chilango Power 6 80899 0047-2-5 2001
Susana Baca Espiritu Vivo 6 80899 0048-2-4 2002
Si*Sé "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 Classics, Vol. 3: Love's a Real Thing 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 Zé 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 2009
Javelin No Mas 6 80899 0074-2-9 2010
Kings Go Forth The Outsiders Are Back 6 80899 0075-2-8 2010
Tom Zé Studies of Tom Ze/Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You (box set) 6 80899 8001-1-2 2010
Tom Zé Estudando A Bossa (Nordeste Plaza) 6 80899 0072-2-1 2010
Kings Go Forth Don't Take My Shadow: The Tom Moulton Mixes (12") 6 80899 4508-1-2 2010
Javelin "Coleridge" b/w "Colleagues" (7") 6 80899 4511-1-6 2011
Delicate Steve "Butterfly" b/w "Albatross" (7") 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
Doug Hream Blunt My Name Is Doug Hream Blunt: Featuring the Hit "Gentle Persuasion" 6 80899 0083-2-7 2015
Floating Points Elaenia 6 80899 0085-2-5 2016
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang Build Music 6 80899 0086-2-4 2017
Floating Points Reflections: Mojave Desert LBOP5041 2017

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luaka Bop". Retrieved 2014-08-01.  (official website)
  2. ^ Interview with Yale Evelev, Dust and Grooves, August 2012
  3. ^ "Welcome to Luaka Bop / Luaka History / The First Ten Years". Retrieved 2014-08-01. 

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