Bongo Joe is a record store with a vaste choice of vinyls (12" and 7" records), tapes and a special selection of CDs and books.
It is also a bar with a terrasse where everyone can meet and share a drink.
The store is managed by an association of a dozen active members. Every once in a while during the month, free events are programmed.
We decided to name our store and label in tribute to the very unique American street musician George 'Bongo Joe' Coleman (1923 – 1999) who was very popular in Texas and despite lucrative offers from established venues, for 30 years, preferred playing on the streets of different US cities and recorded his only album in San Antonio: George Coleman: Bongo Joe, in 1968 with producer Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records.
His self titled record is one that we have always cherished and was reissued years ago by our friends from Mississippi Records. His music was created with a pure DIY attitude and his message and the way he sung was in our opinion very ahead of its time. George 'Bongo Joe' Coleman's family were over the moon after seeing photos of our record store in Geneva, named and were very excited that European music lovers, so far away, decided to honor the name of their loved and long-lost relative.
More infos on Bongo Joe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bongo_Joe_Coleman
I wish I could Sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ez_3bqMIydo
MONDAY 11AM – 7PM
TUESDAY 11AM – 7PM
WEDNESDAY 11AM – 7PM
THURSDAY 11AM – 7PM
FRIDAY 11AM – 7PM
SATURDAY 11AM – 7PM
CLOSED ON SUNDAY
GENÈVE / HALLES DE L'ÎLE
1 Place de l'Île, CH1204 Geneva
TRAM/BUS STOP BEL-AIR
10 minutes walk from Cornavin main train station