The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band (BRSB) are from Hamburg, Germany.

Long time multi instrumentalist and band leader Bjorn Wagner spent a few months in Trindad & Tobago where he became fascinated with Steel Drums. His initial intrigue with local steel pan music culture led him to learning the instrument both through help of local players and on his own. After he became proficient on the pans Bjorn had his own instrument built from a used oil barrel by legendary pan man Louis C. Smith.

Upon returning home to Germany, Bjorn set out to blend the Tropical Steel into his already sharply honed Funk, Soul, and Hip Hop sensibilities. The outcome is an updated take on a classic format, a truly unique sound. Their first two recordings were covers of The Meters “Look A-Py-Py” & “Ease Back” which they self released on a 45. Looking back on these two sides you can tell they were just getting their chops up for what was to come next. This is evidenced by how all hell broke loose when they went on to cover 50 Cent’s hit PIMP taking the DJ and vinyl collecting communities by storm. Many people thought the recording was the original sample and probably still do to this day when it is played. The original Mocambo pressing sold out quickly and is now a collector’s item fetching heavy prices when it changes hands. It was this tune that made the introduction between Bjorn and Danny Akalepse of Big Crown.
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Albums

BC013-LP The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - 55 album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* 55 (Album) Big Crown Records BC013-LP US 2016 Sell This Version
BC055 CD The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - The Serpent’s Mouth album art The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band The Serpent’s Mouth (Album) Big Crown Records BC055 CD US 2018 Sell This Version
BC095-CD The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Expansions album art The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Expansions (Album) Big Crown Records BC095-CD US 2021 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-1009 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Look-A-Py-Py / Ease Back album art The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Look-A-Py-Py / Ease Back (Single) Mocambo 45-1009 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
45-1016 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Pimp album art The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Pimp (Single) Mocambo 45-1016 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
PJ002-45 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Bacao Suave album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* Bacao Suave(7", Single) Plane Jane PJ002-45 UK, Europe & US 2014 Sell This Version
PJ004-45 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Jungle Fever album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* Jungle Fever (Single) Plane Jane PJ004-45 US 2015 Sell This Version
TS-069 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Love Like This album art The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Love Like This (Single) Big Crown Records TS-069 US 2016 Sell This Version
BC010-45 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Scorpio / 8th Wonder album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* Scorpio / 8th Wonder(7", Single) Big Crown Records BC010-45 US 2016 Sell This Version
BC063-45 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - 1 Thing / Hoola Hoop album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* 1 Thing / Hoola Hoop(7") Big Crown Records BC063-45 US 2018 Sell This Version
BC054-45 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Xxplosive album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* Xxplosive(7") Big Crown Records BC054-45 US 2018 Sell This Version
BC058-45 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Great To Be Here album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* Great To Be Here(7", Single) Big Crown Records BC058-45 US 2019 Sell This Version
BC097-45 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - My Jamaican Dub / The Healer album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* My Jamaican Dub / The Healer(7", Single) Big Crown Records BC097-45 US 2020 Sell This Version
BC105-45 The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Dirt Off Your Shoulder / I Need Somebody To Love Tonight album art Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band* Dirt Off Your Shoulder / I Need Somebody To Love Tonight(7") Big Crown Records BC105-45 US 2021 Sell This Version