Category: The Bongolian

The Bongolian 'Harlem Hipshake' new album announcement.

Blow Up Records is pleased to announce The Bongolian brand new album ‘Harlem Hipshake’ will be released 13/11/2020. It will be the sixth album under The Bongolian moniker, AKA multi-instrumentalist and Big Boss Man front man Nasser Bouzida. It is the much anticipated follow up to the highly acclaimed Moog Maximus and is available to pre-order now in the following formats: Clear 180g vinyl (limited 500 ), black 180g vinyl, CD and digital from the Blow Up (greedbag) shop:

Harlem Hipshake finds The Bongolian deeply immersed in his lifelong love for the music of the sixties New York’s Latin Soul scene, particularly the music of Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria and Joe Bataan.  Principally a drummer, percussionist by trade, Nasser has once again delivered another set of heavy breaks and percussive grooves underpinning this brand-new collection of songs which he has written and produced. Whilst Nasser performs many of the instruments (as is usual with Bongolian albums) on the album, it also features a prominent use of additional UK musicians on brass duties. These include Terry Edwards (Trumpet, Trombone, Sax, Flute), Gareth James Bailey (Trombone) and Craig Crofton (Alto Sax), James Morton (Alto Sax), Andrew Ross (Tenor and Baritone sax) and Ralph Lamb (Trumpet).

From the East Side to the West Side, get ready for the Harlem Hipshake.

The Bongolian 'Outer Bongolia' Limited Clear 180g Vinyl

As part of the Blow Up 25 year celebrations Blow Up Records is reissuing some classic titles. One of the first is a brand new cut of The Bongolian‘s third album ‘Outer Bongolia’ (alongsideBig Boss Man‘s ‘Full English Beat Breakfast‘), available for first time on 180g heavy weight vinyl. This pressing is limited to 500 copies only.

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“A man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey”

“Forget your preconceptions, this is the REAL incredible bongo band”CLASH

“The authentic real deal crafted groove”THE ORGAN

“A beautifully well rounded album. Gorgeously psychedelic”

“Mightily funky, Hammond driven bongo rhythms… part mod, part Sergio Mendes, very swingin’…”TIME OUT

The Bongolian 'Moog Maximus' Limited Clear 180g Vinyl

The latest album ‘Moog Maximus‘ from The Bongolian will issued on a brand new pressing on 180g clear vinyl this October – limited to 500 copies only and available to order now

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“The feel-good album of the summer”

“Loving what they’re doing at the moment”

“You’re in for a treat” CERYS MATTHEWS, BBC 6 MUSIC

“A groove-driven masterpiece. Moog Maximus is The Bongolian’s very best to date”SCOOTERING

New Bongolian video - 'Googa Mama' from 'Moog Maximus'

Check out the new video for ‘Googa Mama’ from ‘Moog Maximus‘ by The Bongolian by Marcus Way at

The Bongolian 'Moog Maximus' on BBC 6 Music Recommends Day

Two tracks from ‘Moog Maximus‘, the forthcoming album from The Bongolia, were featured on the recent BBC 6 Music Recommends Day, ‘Londinium Calling’ courtesy of Cerys Matthews and ‘B-Boy Toga Party’ courtesy of Nemone.

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Cerys Matthews


The Bongolian 'Moog Maximus' 180g Vinyl

Just arrived at Blow Up Records HQ! Freshly pressed 180g ‘Moog Maximus‘ Vinyl‬. Early orders from Blow Up shop come with ltd. postcard signed by The Bongolian

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The Bongolian 'Moog Maximus' - New Album Coming Soon

We’re pleased to announce the new album from The BongolianMoog Maximus‘!

Set for release this Summer the album sees the welcome return of The Bongolian, AKA multi-instrumentalist and Big Boss Man front man Nasser Bouzida. His fifth album under the Bongolian moniker continues the musical journey where 2011’s ‘Bongos For Beatniks‘ left off, taking us through the fractures of time like fellow traveller H. G. Wells. Nasser has now landed in ancient Rome, armed with a bank of Moog synthesisers over a bed of heavy grooves in a wildly eclectic fusion of Funk Soul Hammond Beat Jazz and a Sci-Fi Boogaloo!

Moog Maximus will be available on 180g Vinyl and CD and digital download…

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The Bongolian on Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 2

‘The Riviera Affair’ fromThe Bongolian‘s 4th album ‘Bongos For Beatniks‘ featured on Craig Charles new compilation Funk & Soul Club Volume 2 – out this week on Freestyle Records!

'OUTER BONGOLIA' The third album from The Bongolian - Out February 2008

Expect a psychedelic musical trip to the outer regions of the Funk galaxy, taking in spaced-out heavy Bongo rhythms and Latin Soul along the way – all 100% Original Dancefloor Rhythms. (Instruments featured include the Hammond, Bongos, Synthesisers, Vibes.) As always written, arranged, performed and produced entirely by Nasser at his Ramshackle Studios on analogue 8 track. The album was mixed by Nick Terry (Klaxons, SMD) at The Premises in Hackney, London. Please note, this album contains NO SAMPLES, just a groove that sounds good!

Due for release 2nd February (UK) on CD, LP (first 1000 pressing with poster) and Digital. Preview tracks now at

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