Maga Bo

Maga Bo relaxing at his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Maga Bo relaxing at his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

Maga Bo relaxing at his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Maga Bo relaxing at his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

It’s one of the first things you notice when dj, composer, producer, drummer, laptop musician Maga Bo opens the door of his modest top floor apartment in Rio de Janeiro. Though he is Seattle-born and raised there is not one whiff of ex-pat to him. One doesn’t imagine him glued to CNN quaffing cheeseburgers or cheering in front of the super bowl. After a few minutes of conversation on his veranda, his mellow Carioca vibe even extends to his conversation. His English has different phrasing, the extended or shortened vowels in some words. It’s quite obvious he speaks more Portuguese than English these days. Even his name is transglobal: Maga Bo – meaning “skinny Bo” in Jamaican patois – a nick-name he was given in Jamaica. It’s crystal clear that he feels perfectly at home in other cultures with the ability not only absorb them, but to be equally absorbed into them. Last year Bo released Quilombo Du Futuro. A release of traditional rural roots music, grafted onto urban rhythms and midwifed by a dj raised on a diet of dub, reggae and hip hop.