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Showing posts with label Tippy Agogo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tippy Agogo. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tippy Agogo

Tippy Agogo, the “One Man Orchestra” and Mouth Musician, is known throughout the free world for making beautiful, scary, heavy, and insightful music on reclaimed tin cans, broken guitars, and racks full of technological gadgetry …. as well as popcorn filled shampoo bottles and clusters of car keys to put down the beats. When Tippy first saw kids making music with garbage cans and oil barrels, he learned through them that music could come from anywhere. His love for children and their creative energy lead to the cd/book “In the Groove – a guide to interactive music making,” adjudicated by the Royal Conservatory in Toronto. This passion has compelled him to conduct many children’s workshops all over the place, even a Bosnian Refugee camp. With his frenetic creativity and four octave voice, he makes music to connect, to build communities, not to build bank accounts. His multi-faceted talents will this year be focused on a very cool kazoo “making & playing” workshop for the kids, as well as an equally cool but more sprightly “cosmic frizbee” session in the field. If you support live Blues acts, up and coming Blues talents and want to learn more about Blues news and Fathers of the Blues, ”LIKE” ---Bman’s Blues Report--- Facebook Page! I’m looking for great talent and trying to grow the audience for your favorite band!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Busted Flat Records artists: Tippy Agogo and Bill Bourne - Amoeba Collective - New Release Review

I just received a new recording, The Amoeba Collective, that is quite out of the box. Songwriters Tippy Agogo and Bill Bourne complimented by Madagascar Slim on guitar and Michelle Josef on drums have put together something new. The first track, Yo Mojo, is a loose jam track with a funky slack beat and a twist of reggae creating a unique sound. I like it. Mud Bears Park is a modern interpretation of an 8 bar blues...say Canned Heat but with extraneous guitar soloing during the melody as opposed to after ... it is self defined and interesting. Marketplace has a definite world sound with warm vocal harmonies and African rhythms. MS plays some very intricate guitar riffs throughout this track. Bobby Johnson is a hip hop style track but without the harsh street lyrics. Black Banks is a different mix of R&B and Louisiana country blues. Cool track with cool guitar riffs. Old Crow has the distinct sound of early country music. Very authentic and very cool. Oh, How Beautiful has a lot of free space and ethereal sounds with traces to the original San Francisco sound. Ascending/Descending is a mixture again or world music to my ears sounding a lot like the middle east. It is a simple melodic track with a straight forward rhythm. Tin Metal is a strong rock like track with machine movements. I really like this track, drawing it's creativity from the modern industrial age. Free form instrumental inclusions and strong rhythms are supplemented with occasional lyric chants. The release is completed with Scarecrow Murders, another track with ethereal basis but more of a folk root. This is a pretty cool cd but one which takes a free thinker and someone who will open their mind and listen to something different.

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Regretfully... I could find no video of this group. There are some interesting videos by the independent artists which I urge you to check out! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tippy Agogo and Bill Bourne Release Amoeba Collective

Tippy Agogo and Bill Bourne Release Amoeba Collective
National release date on November 6 from Busted Flat Records

Songwriters Tippy Agogo and Bill Bourne team up with virtuoso guitarist Madagascar Slim and veteran drummer Michelle Josef on a new recording Amoeba Collective.
Amoeba Collective is a certified organic project featuring ten original songs that are a brilliant and compelling blend of Blues, Rock, World Beat Hip Hop, Electro-Acoustic with a dash of Country. Sharing the songwriting and lead vocals equally, Tippy and Bill constructed a variety of songs that serve as vehicles for a multi-genre improv romp that exudes a sense of celebration and conveys a global sensibility.
Madagascar Slim contributes his inimitable Hendrix/Malagasy guitar to the colourful melee and drummer Michelle Josef ties it all together with rock solid grooves.  Tom Mennier's wonderful piano and Donato Scipioni's fat bass fill out the fusion feast!
"Audiences have responded in various ways, some were comatose in their seats... others dancing like banshees." - The Local, Sunshine Coast Jazz & Entertainment Society
Tour dates: 
November 15
The Vat - Red Deer, AB
November 16
The Ironwood - Calgary, AB
November 17
Avenue Theatre - Edmonton, AB
About Bill Bourne
Bill was raised in a musical family in rural Alberta. When he was two years old, he was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances. His parents played dance music in community halls in beautiful farming country. The love of nature and of music and of people gathering for celebration has been with him for his whole life.
A multiple Canadian Juno Award winner, Bill has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances. A mainstay on the international roots scene, life on the road is reflected in Bill's music - powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in World Beat, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Flamenco, Funk, Poetry and more.
Full bio at
Tippy Agogo Bio
As far as is known, Tippy Agogo has made four official albums between 1988 - 2008; ecclectic with global, experimental, folk, rock, dance and pop influences - each album, like the shows, have no two songs the same, resembling the live act. On his website,, these albums are listed, plus his work with such diverse artists as: SNFU, Sarah McLachlan, Cassandra Complex, Twilight Circus Dub, Legendary Pink Dots and so forth. He is credited as helping start some careers of famous Canadian artists, such as the Smalls, and based most of his work out of Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal, plus some notable European cities - Antwerp, Hamburg and Bergen. 
Full bio at
Media contact:
Sarah French Publicity
Sarah French

Label Contact:
Busted Flat Records
Mark Logan