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. You can follow THE MR BONGO RECORD CLUB on Mixcloud.

Extended Jazz special, with the MBRC residents. Featuring music by Cortex, Doug Hammond, Placebo, Marcus Belgrave, Mike Westbrook, Penny Goodwin and more.


1. Cortex – Chanson d’un Jour d’hiver
2. Doug Hammond – Wake Up Brother
3. Harold Alexander – Sandys Love
4. Yusef Lateef – Like It Is
5. Micheal White – Blessing Song
6. G C Barigozzi – Horse Race
7. Milan Pilar – Birth Of The Second Life
8. Quintonal – Switch
9. Placebo – Temse
10. Vesa-Matti Loiri – Hyvaa, Hyvaa Iltaa
11. Jimi Tenor & UMO – Kratera
12. Kiosk – Mona Call
13. Carpenters – All I Can Do
14. Gary Bartz – Dr Follows Dance
15. Pleasure – Jammin With Pleasure
16. Penny Goodwin – Soon Your Old
17. Electric Village – Mariposa
18. Karthyn Moses – Music In My Heart
19. Lorez Alexandria – Morning
20. Dadisi Komolafe – Speak No Evil
21. Coalition – Kenya’s Horizon
22. Cyndee Peters – House Of The Rising Sun
23. Black Motor – Kolme Neitta Niemessa
24. Hadley Caliman – Quien Sabe
25. Alex Rodriguez – El Mercado
26. Sir William Portis Jr – Afro Dream
27. Marcus Belgrave – Glue Fingers (Part 2)
28. Mike Westbrook – Love Song
29. Heikki Sarmanto – Duke and Trane
30. Errol Garner Trio – Mambo 207
31. The Jack Wilson Quartet – Sidewinder
32. Brother Jack McDuff – Wade In The Water
33. Uncle Funkenstine – Uncle Funkenstine Died (Part 2)