Gondwana Records is an independent record label based in Manchester, UK. Artists on the label included Matthew Halsall, Nat Birchall, GoGo Penguin and the newly signed Mammal Hands. The label has won a legion of fans across the world and acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jamie Cullum, Mr Scruff, MOJO, BBC Music Magazine and BBC 6 Music.
Check out this amazing video by new signing Mammal Hands!!

Check out this amazing video by new signing Mammal Hands!!

Mammal Hands debut album will be released on Gondwana Records on Monday 15th September 2014. You can pre-order the album on CD / DL formats online here: https://gondwanarecords.bandcamp.com/
GONDCD011 - Mammal Hands release their debut album 'Animalia' on Gondwana Records!!

GONDCD011 – Mammal Hands release their debut album ‘Animalia’ on Gondwana Records!!

We are very pleased to announce that our latest signing Mammal Hands will release their debut album ‘Animalia’ on Gondwana Records on Monday 15th September. You can pre-order the album on CD / DL formats online below:
Listen to GoGo Penguin's mix on Gilles Peterson Worldwide show (GPWW901)

Listen to GoGo Penguin’s mix on Gilles Peterson Worldwide show (GPWW901)

GoGo Penguin select songs that have influenced and excited them recently on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show:
Watch this album preview for Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra's new release

Watch this album preview for Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra’s new release

Sound clips and footage taken from Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra ‘When The World Was One’ recording sessions.
GOND010 - Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - When The World Was One (2014)

GOND010 – Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – When The World Was One (2014)

RELEASE ALERT!! Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra’s new album ‘When The World Was One’ is out now on CD / VINYL / DL formats. You can order online from our Bandcamp shop here.                              
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12/06/2013 - Nice to see Matthew Halsall and GoGo Penguin in this feature on a new jazz generation in M magazine:

12/06/2013 – Nice to see Matthew Halsall and GoGo Penguin in this feature on a new jazz generation in M magazine:

NEW JAZZ GENERATION posted June 12, 2013 / No Comments Jazz is known as the music of freedom so why do outdated stereotypes continue to strike bum notes? Jim Ottewill discovers there’s more to UK jazz than such hot air. Pete Wareham, songwriter and saxophonist at the helm of multi-racial music makers Melt Yourself Down and Acoustic...
14/05/2013 - Check out GoGo Penguin's Maida Vale session for Jamie Cullum's show on BBC Radio 2

14/05/2013 – Check out GoGo Penguin’s Maida Vale session for Jamie Cullum’s show on BBC Radio 2

                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sd0jv
Matthew Halsall Interview with Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2 Tuesday 19th February 2013

Matthew Halsall Interview with Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2 Tuesday 19th February 2013

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qqb88
24/01/2013 - Nice review by Oliver Pickup on Matthew Halsall's performance @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

24/01/2013 – Nice review by Oliver Pickup on Matthew Halsall’s performance @ Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

   RONNIE SCOTT’S | JANUARY 24TH Virtuoso trumpeting sensation Matthew Halsall ensured he will remain well in front of the chasing pack again this year after an incredible full-house gig during which he revealed a clutch of new tracks and featured the koto – an ancient Japanese instrument seldom heard in Europe.It is an exotic, wonderful and...
24/01/2013 - Thanks to Tim Cumming's for reviewing Matthew Halsall's performance @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

24/01/2013 – Thanks to Tim Cumming’s for reviewing Matthew Halsall’s performance @ Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

Matthew Halsall/Zara McFarlane, Ronnie Scott’s Young Mancunian trumpeter holds the audience rapt, while accomplished vocalist offers spirit and charm by Tim CummingFriday, 25 January 2013 Halsall: a low, strong and lingering power Fronting her four piece band – pianist Peter Edwards and saxophonist Binker Golding among them – the young jazz/soul singer Zara McFarlane performs a...
Congratulations to GoGo Penguin for being nominated for Jazz Album Of The Year @ Worldwide Awards 2013

Congratulations to GoGo Penguin for being nominated for Jazz Album Of The Year @ Worldwide Awards 2013

WORLDWIDE AWARDS 2013 // THE WINNERS January 20, 2013 Jazz Album Of The Year 1. Gary Bartz – Coltrane Rules: Tao Of A Music Warrior [Gary Bartz] 2. Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing [Smalltown Supersound] 3. Robert Glasper – Black Radio [Blue Note] 4. David Virelles – Continuum [Pi Recordings] 5....
A lovely piece on Matthew Halsall from writer Robert Ryan

A lovely piece on Matthew Halsall from writer Robert Ryan

  Robert Ryan  A MODAL CITIZEN It was broadcaster Robert Elms who first told me about Matthew Halsall’s music. ‘Mancunian Modal’ he called it and it was a fair description – on Colour Yes, the first album I picked up (and have hardly put down since), the young trumpeter channels the sounds and ethos of Kind...
Matthew Halsall: Fletcher Moss Park - Guardian Review

Matthew Halsall: Fletcher Moss Park – Guardian Review

   
Matthew Halsall: Fletcher Moss Park - The Jazz Mann Review

Matthew Halsall: Fletcher Moss Park – The Jazz Mann Review

REVIEW Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Reviewed by: Ian Mann 4 out of 5  ”His most individual and personalised album to date – and arguably his best.” Matthew Halsall “Fletcher Moss Park” (Gondwana Records GONCD007) “Fletcher Moss Park” represents Manchester based trumpeter and composer Halsall’s fourth album exploring the musical legacy of Miles Davis’ modal (“Kind...
GoGo Penguin - Interview in Crack Magazine

GoGo Penguin – Interview in Crack Magazine

GoGo Penguin are a Manchester-based trio made up of Chris Illingworth (piano), Grant Russell (double bass) and Rob Turner (drums), friends from The Royal Northern College of Music, all in their 20s. They already have a cult following in the North West, and with their debut album – released on Matthew Halsall’s Gondwana Records  – having hit...
GoGo Penguin: Fanfares - BBC Music Review

GoGo Penguin: Fanfares – BBC Music Review

BBC Review Based on this debut album, GoGo Penguin seem destined for great things. John Eyles 2012-12-10 In the increasingly overcrowded field of piano trios, any new arrival must have some eye-catching feature to stand out. That probably explains why a jazz trio comes to be called GoGo Penguin, a name which is not easy to...
GoGo Penguin: Fanfares - Guardian Review

GoGo Penguin: Fanfares – Guardian Review