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UK dance legend Congo Natty brings the jungle ruckus to Loco Kamanchi, Wed 25th Jan ’17

18 January 2017 -

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Loco Kamanchi welcomes veteran UK MC/producer Congo Natty (aka Rebel MC) featuring Congo Dubz & Iron Dread on 25th.

Scoring a slew of crossover hits between 1989 and 1992 (Just Keep Rockin’ and Street Tuff with Double Trouble; plus Better World, The Wickedest Sound and Tribal Base), Natty and co mashed up dub, reggae, soul, hip hop, breakbeat and hardcore styles, ushering in jungle and bringing black and white together under one roof – a true pioneer and a proper legend.

There’s a great interview with him in The Guardian, where he talks about what it was like when jungle first broke and the power of music to bring people together, no matter what their colour, creed or culture, among other things….

“Black and white, they should be taken out of the dictionary, in regards to people… By the time jungle came in 94, you’ve got all nations together in London, as one. There’s no colour ting.. Music, for a moment, it cancels out all the shit, and” – he clicks his fingers – “we are one.”

Sentiments such as these resonate deeply with us at the Bongo, especially at fractious times such as these.  But, quite aside from all that, jungle and drum n bass has had a massive impact on British pop music and culture and this man is a true original.

TICKETS have been selling fast!  Don’t sleep.

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Craig Charles to headline Four Corners Tenth Birthday, Fri 6th Feb ’15

19 December 2014 -

Craig Charles - Four Corners Flyer '15Four Corners 10th Birthday Party featuring a very special guest DJ set from CRAIG CHARLES.

Established at the The Bongo Club in 2005 (then at Moray House), Four Corners has run every month for 10 years now – with very few exceptions. It is now one of Scotland’s longest running club nights, consistently providing a top drawer soundtrack of deep funk, soul, afrobeat, latin, disco, r ‘n’ b, hip hop and reggae.

Come and help us celebrate the big ONE-ZERO with a very special guest DJ, CRAIG CHARLES, the well know TV personality-turned-top-funk-ambassador. His BBC Radio 6 show is the most popular on the network, and behind the decks Craig knows how to work a room.

Tickets are £8+BF in advance from here, and soon at Ripping Records and Ticket Scotland.  Here’s the man himself sporting a Bongo T-shirt in support of our Save The Bongo! campaign two years ago…

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New Zealand singer-songwriter Jayson Norris, intimate live show, Thurs 4th Dec

26 November 2014 -

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New Zealand singer-songwriter Jayson Norris brings an intimate performance to The Bongo Club, in association with Kiwi champions Spacific.

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Combining his rich, earthy voice with a blend of soul, roots and rock, Jayson Norris offers music inspired by many songwriters including Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz and Bob Marley. Jayson’s cultural and musical heritage is subtly reflected with a South-Pacific feel resonating throughout his songs.

Moving to the UK in 2004, Jayson set to work immediately. By tirelessly gigging all over London, hard work and epic live shows, Jayson soon made a name for himself and carved a niche in the music scene, supporting and sharing stages with a range of artists such as Andrea Bocelli, INXS, Blue King Brown, The Black Seeds, Pete Murray and Dave Dobbyn.

Since his move to the UK, Jayson Norris has released two full-length albums A Basket Full in 2006, which sold in excess of 3,000 copies independently in London alone and Freedom Twenty Eight in February 2011 through Loop Recordings in New Zealand and Australia. Freedom Twenty Eight is a dynamic blend of sounds, subject matter and genre that conveys Jayson’s explosive and diverse live show and captures the soul and emotion of him both musically and in his heartfelt lyrics.

Freedom Twenty Eight hit the New Zealand Album Charts debuting at #25 on the New Zealand Top 40 and #2 on the New Zealand Independent charts. The second and third singles taken from the album, “Love Someone” and “Window”, both made the New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 Singles Chart with the music video for “Love Someone” making #1 on Juice TV’s Channel 63.

Following on from the success of his recent singles and album, Jayson Norris was invited to join the cast of the renowned kiwi collective Fly My Pretties, which toured NZ in January 2011. Not only did Jayson join the cast of Fly My Pretties, but he also opened each show with his own epic live solo performance, impressing audiences across the country. While in NZ, Jayson also performed at the 2011 “Homegrown Festival” (NZ’s biggest local music festival), which saw him being the first artist ever to be asked to play on two different stages, a true testament to Jayson’s amazing live show.

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Soulsville: Midnight In Rio, New Year’s Eve at The Bongo Club

19 November 2014 -

Soulsville Midnight In Rio (Hogmanay at The Bongo Club '14)This New Years Eve, The Bongo Club presents “Soulsville – Midnight in Rio”, a night of raucous revelry in the spirit of a South American Carnival!

With an array of visuals, unique art and colourful decoration alongside Ruckus Carnival Rhythms and the elevative brand of Funk & Soul which defines Soulsville’s musical philosophy, creator Francis Dosoo aims to capture the sheer joy and freedom of celebration that is at the heart of the South American Carnival.

Tickets: £10 (early bird) / £15 (on the door).  Available here.

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Six60 & David Dallas LIVE (Sat 17th May) – SOLD OUT!

06 May 2014 -

Six60This gig has now SOLD OUT and will be open to ticket-holders and returns only on the night.

Blending soul, rock, dubstep and drum ‘n’ bassSix60‘s music is as dynamicversatile andunexpected as their back story.  Extended singer-songwriter jams incorporate dubstep sections as bridges, hard-rocking guitar duels with robust synthetics and thunderous low end bass over vibrant percussive rhythms, and in both voice and instrumentation, infectious melody consistently shines through.

After spending most of 2013 in Europe and USA, performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, SXSW, The Great Escape, Wavefront, Summerfest andRepeerbahn, Six60 returned to New Zealand for the summer and immediately hit the studio. For these gigs the band are playing a BRAND NEW set that debuts five new songs plus a few other surprises.

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Supporting them will be David Dallas with his first ever UK shows.  The past three years have been a rollercoaster for David: he signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music in2011, releasing second album ‘The Rose Tint’ soon after, followed by a tour throughoutNorth America with hip-hop duo Aer.  He recently supported Eminen and Jay Cole on their tours of Australasia.

ITV SYNCH DEAL 

Six60 announced a TV synchronisation deal for their song, Run For It, via a trailer for the brand new ITV drama, Prey (starring John Simm), throughout April.  

Term: 29 days (7th April – 5th May, tbc)
Territory: UK and Eire
Media: Streamed internet/mobile advertising (Pre–roll ads on various UK video-on-demand/rich media services via the Videology service including 4OD, Blinkbox, Netflix, etc)

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This gig has now SOLD OUT and will be open to ticket-holders and returns only on the night.

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David Dallas, NZ hip hop star, supports Six60 LIVE

19 March 2014 -

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David Dallas has just been announced as the tour support for Kiwi pop-soul stars Six60. These will be his first ever UK shows.

The past three years have been a roller-coaster for David Dallas: he signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music in 2011, releasing second album ‘The Rose Tint’ soon after, followed by a tour throughout North America with hip-hop duo Aer.  He recently supported Eminem and Jay Cole on their tours of Australasia.

‘(Dallas is) the coolest thing to come out of New Zealand for quite some time’
(Rip It Up magazine, NZ)

‘There’s an honesty in Dallas’ lyrics that’s so genuine it’s refreshing’
(XXL Mag, US)

‘Easily the most impressive Kiwi cultural export since Flight of the Conchords.  Dallas stands as an inspirational tale of coming from nowhere with the mecca of hip hop in one’s crosshair and hitting it big under the bright lights’ (URB Magazine, US)

More info about this gig / buy tickets here.

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Kiwi hip-hop artist David Dallas is the “artist formerly known as”. Formerly known as Con Psy. Formerly known as one-half of the award winning local hip-hop group Frontline. Through currently known as “the next big thing”.

Dallas first appeared on the New Zealand music scene after label mate P-Money spotted the prodigious talents of the rising star. It was this recognition that led to Dallas’ searing verse on Scribe’s “Not Many – The Remix”. The song heralded the arrival of an untapped rap talent that New Zealand hip-hop was quick to make room for.

Eight years on from that 16 bar introduction, David Dallas has amassed an impressive history of ticked boxes. Releasing a critically lauded debut album? Check. New Zealand music award for the Best Hip Hop Album? Check. Record deal with prestigious American record label? Check. Surgically precise wordplay few can approach? Check.

Dawn Raid Entertainment, Dirty Records and Duck Down Music are excited to announce the release of Falling Into Place – David Dallas’ third studio album.

The past two years have been a rollercoaster for the Kid. He signed to underground powerhouse Duck Down Music NYC in 2011, releasing second album The Rose Tint in the US soon after and touring throughout North America with hip hop duo Aer. A spot at the notoriously hard-to-get-into SXSW Fader party. Big ups from Kanye West and adds to MTV America and Australia. Short listing for New Zealand’s highest songwriting accolade, the Taite Prize. A tour of New Zealand with P-Money, and the release of his Buffalo Man EP.

Not wanting to rest on laurels, the start of 2013 saw Dallas enter the studio with production whizz kids Fire & Ice, note book in hand. Diamonds are made under pressure. In four months, Dallas had tweleve unmissable finished tracks to put his name to.

D.Dot talks a big game but he’s still a storyteller. Themes on Falling Into Place range from epic Django Unchained tales of escape on first single “Runnin”, to his tribute to the streets of South Auckland, “Southside”. Arguably the biggest innovator in hip hop New Zealand has seen in two decades, Dallas has once again turned his eagle eye to finding new and unusual talent to mix in with his own. On “The Wire” and “The Gate” he collaborates with alt. pop icon Ruby Frost, the tracks bookending the album (both songs had been demo-ed a year before “that” TV show, to quell any notions of bandwagon-jumping). Elsewhere in the tracklisting, up-and comers Spycc and Rokske rub shoulders with long time wingmen Sid Diamond, Mareko, PNC and US superstar rapper Freddie Gibbs.

With his second album The Rose Tint, David Dallas made new rules for how a record should be sold and marketed (i.e give it away). Expect the unexpected when Falling Into Place drops in October.

‘I’m out here, I’m hungry. I don’t play around, trust me’ (‘Runnin’, David Dallas)

 

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