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Biography of Club Brasil

CLUB BRASIL was born in 1990 when Michael Mitchell (aka 'DJ Mitch') brought the sounds of Brazil to the streets of London.

CLUB BRASIL had humble, if pioneering roots, with Mitch setting up the first ever Brazilian and Latin music stalls in Portobello and Camden markets, the biggest street outlets in Europe.

The music couldn't be confined to Vinyl Junkies for long and that same year he got together with Brazilian's Regina Webb and DJ Edson to open one of London's first Brazilian Clubs, 'Cantinho Brasilero' which quickly became a cornerstone of Latin America on London's world-famous Oxford Street.

Inspired by the response to 'Cantinho Brasilero' (View Poster Artwork) and the growing demand for quality music, Mitch spent time in Brazil throughout 1991 listening to sounds and returning with a stock pile of Brazilian music on LP and CD for the stalls in London. Meanwhile a new trend had emerged, the thousands of Japanese visitors to London each year would come, not in search of Harrods and Buckingham Palace, but of rare 60' s and 70's Brazilian albums.

The popularity of the music grew amongst natives and visitors alike. Mitch returned to Brazil in 1993 to organise the reissue of some classic Brazilian albums for the Japanese market.

The following years were a period of whirlwind activity, not only did CLUB BRASIL collaborate with HPI Brazil and reissue classic albums from artists including Joyce, Marcos Valle, Banda Black Rio, Flora Purim, Tania Maria, Azymuth and Wanda Sa but also reappeared in a burst of sound and colour on London's live scene.

This was inspired by a night in Rio De Janeiro in 1993 when Mitch met the legendary Brazilian Superstar Ed Motta. The two, having agreed on their mission to bring the spirit of Rio across the Atlantic.

Mitch organised a show featuring Ed at Dingwalls
(View Poster Artwork) in Camden which proved a revelation and it was the beginning of CLUB BRASIL's transition to a wider stage.

That same year Mitch DJ'd at the Notting Hill Carnival, the street party 2nd only to Rio's Mardi Gras. After his first set lit up the streets of west London, he became a fixture at carnival. It wasn't just the crowd he turned on, sound system owner David Boland saw the immediate popularity of CLUB BRASIL and since then Mitch has played every year. He and David are now rapidly approaching their eleventh year appearing with the CLUB BRASIL crew to undiminished acclaim.

CLUB BRASIL's show at Carnival 2000 was a defining moment, having brought the cream of London's Latin DJ's together under one banner, Mitch played alongside luminaries including Alex Chileno, Andrew Lorenzo, CC Romain and Frank Binder.

Not only was this a celebration of three decades of Brazilian sounds, they mixed cutting edge hip-hop and drum & bass in a two day extravaganza which kicked the English reserve in to touch and raised the roof at the Millennium Carnival.

Following this success, this Latin DJ 'Dream Team' launched a series of parties in and around London as a unified CLUB BRASIL, all of which saw huge crowds abandon themselves to new and original Latin sounds.

As CLUB BRASIL rapidly progressed, it introduced Samba shows and performances of the Brazilian Martial Arts Dance Capoeira into the experience.

To join CLUB BRASIL's next party see the 'Party Guide'.

In 2000 Mitch decided to take CLUB BRASIL to its next logical step of creating and releasing it's own music on a Record Label.

After co-producing the album 'Bossa Jazz' in 1999 with London's hippest Latin Jazz outfit 'Vida Nova', Mitch and the CLUB BRASIL team launched it's first solo album 'Sangue Latino' in 2002 and the follow up 'Sangue Latino 2' in 2003.

The label was one of the first to spot the talents of Ive Mendes who has since gone on to become an international Brazilian star. Also record companies such as the world renowned P-Vine in Japan and Ministry of Sound have taken tracks from the CLUB BRASIL label to put on their own compilations.

CLUB BRASIL continues to introduce new talent. Most recently it has supported new Brazilian singing sensation 'Andrea Marquee' (View Poster Artwork) at the world famous '100 Club' and CLUB BRASIL are now currently recording 3 new albums to be released in the summer of 2004.

CLUB BRAZILIAN's can now wear their souls on their sleeves with CLUB BRASIL's own line of clothing (View Magazine Covers) as sported on the torsos of Latin music lovers from London to Rio to Tokyo and all points between.

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