Songs »Bongo Bong

bongo bong manu chaoManu Chao is truly a world artist. He sings in French, English, Spanish Galician, Portuguese, French, Arabic and Wolof, the most widely spoken language in Senegal; his music has roots in punk, reggae, rock, salsa, and other influences that he's picked up on his nomadic travels.

His biggest hit, Bongo Bong, which I dare anyone to not get hooked on, is a remake of King of Bongo, which Chao performed with his first band Mano Negra. That version is way less mellow and hypnotic, I prefer the remake by far. I also way prefer it to the cleaner, more mainstream Robbie Williams cover (that poor guy, he's so huge in England, but we Americans will just never love him).

This is one of my soon-to-be-brother-in-law's favorites, so I want to thank him for introducing me to such a spectacular song; it just makes me feel good to listen to it.

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Posted on October 20, 2008

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