Mr Bongo Records

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Mr Bongo
Parent company Independent
Founded 1989
Founder David 'Mr Bongo' Buttle
Country of origin United Kingdom
Official website

Mr Bongo is a Brighton based independent record label, independent film and publishing company specialising in world music and art house / world cinema.


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.

"Disorient Records' was a sub-label that specialised in dance music from Japan.

"Mr Bongo Bass" is a recent sub label of Mr Bongo specialising in global bass music.

The label reissues many albums, including the Incredible Bongo Band's Bongo Rock.[1]

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[edit]

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 Glauber Rocha, John Huston, Michelangelo Antonioni, Mikhail Kalatozov, Satyajit Ray, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Wojciech Has, Orson Welles, 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.



  1. ^ New York Times article on reissue

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