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MR BONGO label about themselves:

We started life in 1989 as a small record shop underneath Daddy Kool’s Reggae Store on Berwick Street in London.  We were the first shop to sell vinyl releases from independent hip hop labels such as Def Jam, Rawkus, Nervous and Big Beat outside of the USA.  We also became an established bearer for hard-to-find, classic Latin music, particularly Brazilian, outside of the Americas.

Over the following years Bongo moved three times within Soho and opened in Shibuya, Japan.  We moved our offices to Brighton in 1999 and closed all shops in 2003.

25 years on we now have a recording roster featuring some of the best Brazilian, Latin, reggae, African and Jazz music by artists including Terry Callier, Jorge Ben, Joyce, Seu Jorge, Prince Fatty, Incredible Bongo Band and Marcos Valle.

In 2004 we moved into world cinema, a venture that has grown to compliment the music.  In keeping with the record label philosophy, we carefully select and source films from around the world and our catalogue now includes works by esteemed directors including Scorsese, Coppola, Has, Bertolucci, Rocha and Dovzhenko amongst others.  We aim to unearth iconic, stylish, hard-to-find gems and cult classics and make them readily available to cinema lovers.

We are modest compared to our competitors in the film world but hope that our rich history and knowledge has established us as an aficionado that punches above its weight (and is yet to reach its full potential).

We also have a publishing arm with an in-house team that produces and licenses music for use by third parties.  Our clients include advertising, film and TV companies around the world; brands such as Bacardi, Nike, Adidas, Fosters, Nissan and Guinness have used our music.  We also deal with worldwide royalty collection for artists and organisations.



THE MR BONGO RECORD CLUB is their podcast. Episode 15 is dedicated to Brazilian music. You can follow THE MR BONGO RECORD CLUB on Mixcloud

This first episode of 2016 is an extended BRAZIL SPECIAL, with special guests Gary Johnson and Dave ‘Mr Bongo’ Buttle, joined by hosts Gareth Stephens and Graham Luckhurst.


1. Luiz Eca – Consolacao

2. Lo Borges – Tudo Que Voce Oodia Ser

3. Wal Santana – Que Vida E Essa

4. Hyldon – Amor Na Terra Do Berimbau

5. Lemos & Debetio – Morro Do Barraco Sem Agua

6. Brasil Show – Lagrimas

7. Claudia – Jesus Cristo

8. Aloisio – Tema, R

9. Luis Carlos Vinhas – Tanganica (Tapecar Version)

10. Egberto Gismonti – O Gato

11. Tuca – Xanga

12. Celia – Na Boca Do Sol

13. Antonio Adolfo – Gloria Glorinha

14. Marisa Rosi – Deixa Eu Te Amar

15. O Africanto Dos Tincoas – Anita

16. Samba 6 – Quem Convida Paga A Despesa

17. Dalila – Canto Chorado

18. Joao De Pife – Garoto De Pife

19. Elson – bi-bap do ceara

20. Darcy De Mangueira – Samba Do Trabalhador

21. Erasmo Carlos – Cica Cecilia

22. Golden Boys – A Menina E A Fonte

23. O Terco – Adormeceu

24. Edu Lobo – Viola Fora De Moda

25. Os Orixas – Exu

26. Ana Maria E Mauricio – Figa De Guine

27. Minas – Num Dia Azul

28. Rosa Maria – Samba Maneiro

29. O Grupo e coisa e tal – Socorro

30. Emilio Santiago – Bananeira

31. Zeca Do Trombone – Te Queria

32. Paulo Ramos – Gosto Amargo De Vida

33. Harmony Cats – Seja Como Nos

34. Kris Cristina – Uma Rosa Com Amor

35. Luiza Maura – Deixa Girar

36. Dila – Roda Da Vida

37. Nascimento – Equilibrio – Total

38. L.C.V – Amazonas

39. Tenorio Jr- Consolacao

40. Joni Maza – Joyces Samba

41. Orlandivo – Tem De Ser

42. Orlann Divo – Beleza Nao Vai Embora (Nilser version)

43. Joao Donato -Naturalmente

44. Claudia – Me Deixa Em Paz

45. Azambuja & Cia – Tema Do Azambuja

46. Elizio De Buzios – Tamanqueiro

47. Neyde Alexandre – Perplexidade

48. Milton Nasimento – Beco Do Mota

49. Ray Felipe – A Noite A Mare E O Amor