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    12/24 Les Aventures de President Bongo. Pressed on colored recycled vinyl.

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    Les Aventures de President Bongo 12/24

    Tintin, the bright-eyed reporter, kind of defined what it meant to be an adventurer in the twentieth century. He ventured into space, into the deepest darkness of Africa, dwelled among communists and travelled to the Far East. But he was also a product of the outmoded world view of the Belgian colonialists and actually served the cause of Catholic fascists when Hergé's pen first gave life to him in the interwar years. But Tintin managed to put his spotty past behind him and Hergé’s books, which eventually amounted to 24, are considered among the most significant comics albums of the 20th century. Ernest Hemingway once wrote that true nobility is being superior to your former self. Tintin’s spirit of adventure became a source of inspiration to President Bongo when he suddenly saw the books in a new light one fateful evening in a small mountain cabin in Lón. Sure, they formed a coherent narrative world with certain key characters and basic themes, but otherwise they were as inventive as Hergé’s boundless imagination. The president decided to venture out on his own and release 24 albums over a period of ten years under the title of Les Aventures de President Bongo, bringing together a vast array of artists under his direction. But "albums” in the plural don’t really cover this project as a whole, which is closer to being a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk, an all-embracing body of work encompassing music, photography, design, writing and short films. Multiple elements thrive under its umbrella in different mediums – amputated nature, poetic light art, obsolete structures, deep sea techno, funeral jazz and buzzing electric flies, to name but a few. Just like Tintin, just like Hergé, Bongo is solely driven by an unquenchable thirst for adventure. The whole world is at stake and there is always room to do better. ... more
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Saint Hubert is lost in the dark woods of the East, hunting. He knows that this forest only grows inside him and that is why he is lost. And in the forest he sees open moors, he sees a receding glacier, he sees eroded rocks, a whale coming up for air, he sees a colony of plants, he sees the forest again. Saint Hubert pictures the deforestation within himself and his eyes are dazzled by a blinding light. Then the stag appears in the glare and a cross in glowing flames hovers between its antlers. On the cross hangs a man who is not Christ but himself. Hubert knows at this moment that he is no longer lost, he has found the holy city within himself, the city of the heart with its bloody streets. He has found Jerusalem and the stag will reclaim his soul from him.

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released February 29, 2024

Rangifer Tarandus is:
Sigtryggur Baldursson & President Bongo

Produced by President Bongo
Written by Sigtryggur Baldursson & Stephan Stephensen
Congas & Parabolas by Sigtryggur Baldursson
Recorded, mixed and arranged by President Bongo

Mastered by Jörg Burger

Design by Paul McMenamin.
Photography by Stephan Stephensen.

Saga by Ófeigur Sigurðsson
LAPB text by Haukur S Magnússon

Supported by City of Reykjavík, Upptökusjóður & Myndstef. Thanks to Gunnar Bragi Þorsteinsson, Gunna Maggý, Ívar Karl Hafliðason, Gilli, Óli Hilmar, Kalli Sveins, Siggi frændi, Listasafn Svavars Guðnasonar, RRS, Flugfélagið Ernir & Reimar Ásgeirsson.

Executive Producer Andri Sveinsson.

Published by Editon Radio Bongo/SMV
Contact: more@radiobongo.fm
www.radiobongo.fm

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Radio Bongo Reykjavik, Iceland

This is a beauty that doesn’t ask for the opinion of the traveler, it is not participating in a dialogue that expects any answer. This beauty is whitish-yellow by fat and is of raw dolerite under the lurid turquoise coloured sky and doesn’t care about your opinions or ideas. It crawls forward busily gnawing at the cliffs and grinds it into submission. ... more

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