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Mr Bongo Records (Record label)
Mr Bongo Records is a record label from Brighton that has been founded by David »Mr Bongo« Buttle in 1989. All began with a record store in London, in Berwick Street directly below Daddy Kool’s reggae store. Actually it was the first, which sold vinyl of independent Hip hop labels like Def Jam, Rawkus, Nervous or Big Beat outside of the USA. Gradually Mr Bongo developed to a provider of rare Latin music. When a special main focus lies on the Brazilian variant, but also reggae, African music and jazz received more and more weight. In 1999 they moved with their offices to Brighton, in 2003 the record stores (meanwhile there was a second one in Shibuya, Japan) closed. In 2004 Mr Bongo Films has been founded where since then – loyal with the philosophie of the company – special films with a particular picture language are made available again to an audience. Besides that also the Mr Bongo Soundsystem has been established, which takes the sound of the record label with its worldwide appearences arond the globe.
Mr Bongo Records in Features
Music − Portrait | posted 30.06.2021
Meditation out of improvisation
For over five decades he pushed Japanese jazz towards spiritual spheres, without kitsch or esoteric – and just a little pathos. Above all, he garnered reputation for it back home. Even today Hōzan Yamamotos work is internationally considered an insider tip.
Music − Essay | posted 07.10.2020
A Journey Into Turkish Music
Simultaneously with the genesis of Anadolu Pop with all its various offshoots, a virile cultural infrastructure is developing in West Germany that is flourishing in the shadow of the German majority society and its music industry. This »guest worker music« has irritatingly only ever touched public consciousness. The economic exchange could also have been a cultural one. It should have been.
Music − Essay | posted 06.10.2020
A Journey Into Turkish Music
Altın Gün, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek or Gaye Su Akyol: Although the stylistic intersection between these bands and musicians* is small, they are nevertheless mentioned in the same breath. This can be explained above all by their references to Anatolian folk music or the sound of the so-called Anadolu Pop, which formed in Turkey in the 1960s. But is it a revival? We clarify.
Mr Bongo Records in Reviews
Music − Review | posted 18.09.2021
Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai
Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku
The soundtrack to the 1979 film »Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku« composed by Hozan Yamamoto and Yu Imai has now been re-released.
Music − Review | posted 09.09.2021
»Belladonna«, Ian Carr’s gem from 1972, has now been reissued. Jazz lovers should get their hands on it.
Music − Review | posted 05.09.2021
I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly
Is Melbourne the secret capital of retro-funk? With »I Flip My Life Every Time I Fly«, a band called The Pro-Teens is preparing to confirm this assumption.
Music − Review | posted 27.05.2021
Brazilian boogie funk remains disarming and Sandra Sa’s 1983 album »Vale Tudo« one of its masterpieces. Mr Bongo have reissued it.
Music − Review | posted 01.04.2020
»Jazz ain’t the past, this music’s gonna last«: Mr Bongo reissues some rap classics from the 1990s on Vinyl-7inch. Among them »Jazz Thing« by Gang Starr.
Music − Review | posted 20.03.2020
Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty
The Canadians Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty, known as part of BadBadNotGood, have released an album with »Visions«. This has what it takes to be a big hit.
Music − Portrait | posted 20.01.2022
Daft Punk – Homework (1997)
In 1997, the French duo Daft Punk released their debut album »Homework« and since then have had an almost unprecedented career. At that time, the album was not yet mainstream, but creaky, crackling house music.
Music − Review | posted 31.10.2021
Jazz is more hip than it has been for a long time. The output is large, the return mediocre. But with »Natten« Kopenhagen’s Bremer/McCoy deliver a fantastic work.
Music − Review | posted 29.10.2021
Gate Of Klüna
Japanese trio Kuunatic debut on Glitterbeat with »Gate of Klüna,« a literally otherworldly psych-rock masterpiece.
Music − List | posted 01.12.2021
End-of-Year review 2021
Top 50 Albums
Much like every cloud has its silver lining, this year had some fantastic music to offer – something to hold on to in difficult times. These were the 50 best albums released on vinyl in 2021.
Music − News | posted 27.09.2021
Exclusive Edition: »Magic Peaks«
With homesick flicker: The Sao Paulo-born musician Windows彡96 releases his new album »Magic Peaks« on 100% Electronica on November 12, 2021. A limited colour edition is available from HHV Records.