For 2009, Bongo Beat celebrates 14 years of operation as a label dedicated to great music, new sounds and new visions – curated under the ever eclectic eye of label founder Ralph Alfonso, who originally started Bongo Beat to showcase his jazz/garage rock combo. An industry veteran (Warner, EMI, Attic, Nettwerk) as well as a performer / photographer / writer / designer, Ralph encourages his artists to set higher standards – reflected in both the music and distinctive packaging. Internationally, Bongo Beat is distributed in the USA by Burnside, in Canada by Outside Music, UK by Proper, Germany by New Music, and Netherlands by Sonic Rendezvous. Roster includes: Katrina & The Waves, Johnny Dowd, The Diodes, Ann Mortifee, Ari Shine, Dave Rave (Teenage Head), Alternative TV, Paul Hyde (The Payolas), Linda McLean, Jeb Loy Nichols (catalog), Meryn Cadell, Plaza Musique, Fraze Gang (ex Brighton Rock), Plastic Heroes, Kevin House, Bedsit Poets, Kimberley Rew, Kevin Kane (Grapes of Wrath), Andy Creeggan (Barenaked Ladies), Kevin Quain, Jonathan Emile, Graham Brown (Brilliant Orange), and more. We have offices in Portland, OR, and Montreal, Quebec.