Bongo Bong (2:52)

Cover of Clandestino

From Clandestino and 18 other releases

“Bongo Bong” is the first solo single by Manu Chao from his first album, Clandestino. It is his most successful and recognisable song—a remake of Mano Negra’s song, “King of Bongo” (1991), which has its roots from a 1939 recording of “King of the Bongo Bong” by the trumpeter, Roy Eldridge. It also uses the background music from Black Uhuru’s song “Bull ina di Pen” from their “Anthem” album. It is part of a medley with “Je ne t’aime plus” on the album. The music has been reused for other songs such as “Mr. Bobby” which was first released on this single before being re-recorded for his second album and “Homens” from the same album.

In 2006, a cover version by Robbie Williams, combining “Bongo Bong” and “Je Ne T’Aime Plus” in one track, was published on Williams’ album Rudebox. The version got a single release of its own in 2007.

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Mama was queen of the mambo, papa was king of the Congo
Deep down in the jungle, I started bangin' my first bongo
Every monkey'd like to be in my place instead of me
'Cause I'm the king of bongo, baby, I'm the king of bongo bong

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