“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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