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Celebrating 25 years of Mr Bongo: Karol Conka

Continuing our 25th anniversary celebrations from the end of last year, we look back at one of 2014's success stories, the one and only Karol Conka and her 'Batuk Freak' album.

Hailing from Curitiba, Brazil, Karol Conka, first stepped foot on stage, and started her rap career at age 17, while participating in her school music competition. She won. Today, almost ten years on from her stage debut and after years of hard work and underground grinding she is fast becoming one of the most distinctive and well known voices of the modern Brazilian hip hop scene.

We were extremely proud to be release her debut album ‘Batuk Freak’ on Mr Bongo last year. We knew it was a fantastic but we did not expect the reaction it received: not one but three European tours, a ground breaking appearance on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, hundreds of live shows across the world and a special appearance in Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Basement, amongst much other exciting activity:

We included her hit single 'Boa Noite' on our 25 Years Of Mr Bongo compilation album: