Mr Bongo Records Brighton 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. They moved our offices to Brighton in 1999 and closed all shops in 2003.
25 years on they 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 they moved into world cinema, a venture that has grown to compliment the music. In keeping with the record label philosophy, they 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. They aim to unearth iconic, stylish, hard-to-find gems and cult classics and make them readily available to cinema lovers.
They also have a publishing arm with an in-house team that produces and licenses music for use by third parties. Their clients include advertising, film and TV companies around the world; brands such as Bacardi, Nike, Adidas, Fosters, Nissan and Guinness have used our music. They also deal with worldwide royalty collection for artists and organisations.
The shop in Brighton is open from 11–6PM on Saturdays, 12-5PM on Sundays in December and also by appointment/drop-in Monday–Friday 12-6PM.