Musical Montage: Ambassadors of Funk “Super Mario Land”
From the infamous “Do the Mario” to “Jump Superstar!”, there’s been a slew of songs based around Nintendo’s beloved plumber over the years but back in 1992, Mario invaded dance clubs thanks to the Ambassadors of Funk and their ode to Mario’s first foray on the Game Boy, Super Mario Land. The brainchild of DJ, producer and remixer Simon Harris, who founded the label Music of Life and was a UK house/breakbeat producer who worked with people like Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold, Tony! Toni! Toné!, War, Arthur Baker, and Boyz II Men. “Super Mario Land” was an official collaboration with Nintendo and Harris worked with Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto and the song includes official music and sound effects from the game with additional dance music elements and rap lyrics by rapper Einstein. Ambassadors of Funk had two more Nintendo themed remix albums, featuring music from Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario World and rapper/DJ MC Mario. The official music video for the song features the Ambassadors and a giant costumed Mario getting down at Chessington World of Adventures theme park in the UK. Check it out below.
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