A decade ago, whilst still writing and performing with Blow Up Records' artists Big Boss Man, Nasser Bouzida disappeared into his studio and created a solo set of recordings which resulted in the birth of his alter ego The Bongolian. Drawing on his influences of Funk, Soul and Jazz Nasser produced an inspired selection of recordings blending elements of grinding percussion and heavy Bongo rhythms. Instruments featured include the Hammond, Bongos, Synthesisers, Vibes, all of course played by Nasser himself.
The Bongolian has released four albums to date, and all have become record box essentials for DJs, finding a wide appeal from Dance and Hip-Hop to Rare Groove and Funk 45s fans. Nasser has assembled a high calibre five piece live band with whom The Bongolian have toured USA, UK and Europe.
The eponymous debut ‘The Bongolian’ was released early in 2002 to much critical acclaim, and followed up by the 2006 album ‘Blueprint’ and in 2008 by ‘Outer Bongolia’. His fourth and most recent album under The Bongolian moniker 'Bongos For Beatniks' continued the musical journey where 'Outer Bongolia' left off, bringing us back down to Earth via France circa 1967 in a wild rare groove fusion of all that's rhythmic, and melodic, about Funk, Soul, Hammond and Boogaloo, all wrapped up in The Bongolian's own inimitable style.
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