"Bongo Go is back!  African, Latin American and Caribbean dancefloor grooves guaranteed to turn your limbs to rubber and elevate you to a higher plane...

Bongo Go Sound System was born in the mid-1980s, birthed by Birmingham's DJ Zuppa Inglese.  Zuppa imagined a world where all the tropical grooves could be heard in one night, where all the different Brummie tribes could come together and dance till they dropped of exhaustion! 

It became one of Birmingham's most legendary nights - with its heyday at the Moseley Dance Centre during the early 90s: Congolese soukous, French Antillean zouk, Brazilian samba-reggae, Haitian cadence, Cuban mambo, Trinidadian soca & chutney, Dominican merengue, Nuyorican pachanga, Ghanaian hi-life... You could hear it all under one roof!  

Live bands also appeared such as the Bhundu Boys from Zimbabwe; and Olodum from Bahia in Brazil spawned Birmingham's very own samba and samba-reggae bands.

After Zuppa died in 2015 some of his followers decided to rekindle the fire he had lit and bring back these amazing nights twice a year to Brum.  

This Saturday you can hear Guinea Bissau's Tony Dudu and his band the Gumbé Jazz - setting the dancefloor alight with an exhilarating blend of Guinean gumbé and afro-latin grooves.  

Support from DJs Magoo, and Brum Radio's very own Glyn Phillips (WorldBeatUK) in his guise as El Hombre Elastico playing back-to-back classics from Africa to Latin America and the Caribbean! 

There's also a drumming circle in the courtyard if you need to give your feet a rest but carry on grooving!  

Bongo Go featuring Tony Dudu & the Gumbé Jazz is on Saturday 13th May (8pm-1am) at The Old Print Works, Balsall Heath/Moseley, 500-506 Moseley Road, B12 9HA.  All this for only a tenner on the door!  Pay-as-you-feel food by The Real Junk Food Project!"

More details here on the Bongo Go Facebook Page



Glyn Phillips

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