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Manu Chao

Bongo Bong

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“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 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 (much in the way the... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ King of the bongo, king of the bongo bong ... I'm the king of the bongo, king of the bongo bong ... Hear me when I come

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Most votes come from Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Colombia, and Switzerland.


More songs by Manu Chao (See Charts): Merry Blues, Rainin In Paradize, Mr. Bobby, Desaparecido, Clandestino, and Me Gustas Tu.

Popular in Latin (See Charts): Lloro Por Ti, Lambada, I Need To Know, You Sang To Me, Clandestino, Corazon Partio, Matador, Quimey Neuquen (Chancha Via Circuito Remix), La Tortura, and La Leyenda Del Tiempo.


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