Mr Bongo Records
|Founder||David 'Mr Bongo' Buttle|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
Mr Bongo is a Brighton based independent record label, independent film and publishing company specialising in world music and art house / world cinema. It was formed in 1989 by David 'Mr Bongo' Buttle, and operated out of London until 2003.
Founded in 1989, in Berwick Street, London, later moving to Lexington Street and then finally to Poland Street. The Mr Bongo record label still exists over 25 years after the first shop opened, and a film label, Mr Bongo Films], was set up in 2004 to release lost classics from around the world.
Mr Bongo Soundsystem
The Mr Bongo Soundsystem specialises in bringing sound to dancefloors around the world - Brazilian and South American music including jazz, samba, batucada, bossa, cumbia, forro, mambo, salsa, Baile Funk and more.
Mr Bongo Films
Mr Bongo Films is the film offshoot imprint of the world renowned Mr Bongo Records that was established in 1989. In keeping with the record label’s philosophy Mr Bongo Films casts its net around the globe to find the best in essential world cinema.
Taking in directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Wojciech Has and Satyajit Ray and films such as The Saragossa Manuscript; some other releases by Mr Bongo included Mikhail Kalatozov's Soy Cuba, Glauber Rocha's Black God, White Devil and from the Antonioni, L'Avventura.
From Mr Bongo Films come a wide range of directors. These include:
- Glauber Rocha
- John Huston
- Michelangelo Antonioni
- Mikhail Kalatozov
- Satyajit Ray
- Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
- Wojciech Has
- Orson Welles