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My Name Is Bo: CD
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From Rolling Stone Magazine: “In 1970, Big Chief Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias released the single “Handa Wanda,” a party-ready mix of funky New Orleans percussion and Mardi Gras Indian chants. Dollis died in 2015 but his son Bo Jr. has followed in his footsteps as the Wild Magnolias’ new Big Chief. Dollis’ new album My Name Is Bo was produced by fellow NOLA royalty Cyril Neville and expertly blends Crescent City funk and Mardi Gras Indian music. The first release is a hypnotic, percussion-and-vocal rendition of the popular chant “Indians Here They Come,” which the Meters once recorded as the Wild Tchoupitoulas in 1976. It had been chanted in parades well before then, a testament to the resilience of Mardi Gras Indian culture, and to that of New Orleans in general.”

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My Name Is Bo: Vinyl
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From Offbeat Magazine: “In 1973, Bo Jr.’s father, Theodore Big Chief Bo Dollis, started a new era for the Black Indians when he recorded the incredible, funk-driven album The Wild Magnolias. That album included legends in the New Orleans jazz and rhythm-and-blues world including keyboardist Willie Tee Turbinton, his brother, saxophonist Earl Turbinton, guitarist Snooks Eaglin and more. With the release of My Name Is Bo, Chief Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias continue traveling forward on the path that unites the Mardi Gras Indian Nation with artists from throughout the New Orleans music community. They are, after all, one big family.”

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A New Kind Of Funk: CD
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From Where Y'At Magazine: “The album succeeds in the same way the Wild Magnolias have before, by crowding the sound with more than 20 contributors, producing a high-energy spirit that feels more like a roving intercontinental party of instrumental revelers than a troupe of studio musicians. Guest personnel include Malone, Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Robin Clabby of Brass-A-Holics, and others. ...it's a good funk and channels a lot of the band's famed energy.”

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My Name Is Bo (Digital Download)

Big Chief Bo Dollis Jr. & The Wild Magnolias

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From Gambit Weekly: “Bo Dollis Jr. and the Wild Magnolias released “My Name is Bo” last weekend. It’s the Black Masking Indian tribe’s first album since 2013’s “New Kind of Funk,” which carried its own importance as Bo Dollis Jr.’s first album fronting the Wild Magnolias. His father, who died in 2015, provided backing vocals for that record.

While “New Kind of Funk” could be seen as a transition from father to son, on “My Name is Bo” the son forges his own path forward while honoring his father’s legacy.

“My name is Bo, too. I’m not trying to take [my father’s] name. I’m going to carry his name, but I’m not going to try and fill his shoes. I’m gonna fill my own shoes and carry the name on,” Dollis told Gambit.

“My Name is Bo” is close to a double album. One half of the record is filled with charismatic Mardi Gras Indian funk that weaves in heavy influences from all corners of New Orleans: rolling rhythm and blues, second line rhythms, hip-hop, reggae, even zydeco.

The second half of the album is a set of traditional-style recordings — including “Shallow Water” and “Indians Here They Come” — that could have been made by the Wild Magnolias on Mardi Gras Day, if the pandemic hadn’t kept the tribe from stepping out earlier this year. The cover itself is split in two — Dollis is wearing casual clothing, the kind he wears on stage, on one side and a bright white suit with gold and sky-blue beadwork on the mirrored opposite.

“I wanted all aspects of New Orleans. I can’t do one without the other,” Dollis says. “I came from Mardi Gras Indians, so I couldn’t leave that out. And I’ve never done it before, a straight percussion album. This was something different for me.”

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