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Jazz? Pop? Latin? Funk? …BONGOMATIK !
Bongomatik is a young nine-piece band, based in the Netherlands. They describe their music as an ‘extremely refreshing and danceable mix of Cuban soul, desert grooves, Bombay boogie and twelve tone funk’
The debut album was released in 2011 and generated a lot of attention with a hit in the Colombian charts, airplay, great reviews, and a nomination for ‘Video of the Year’ for the Jazz Journalists Association Awards.
November 2013 the second album ‘Bongomatik Your Life’ was released.
On this new album you can hear how Bongomatik has evolved in a mature way. The 13 original compositions each have a fresh new sound and have a strong live feel. All the tracks were recorded live in the studio by the entire rhythm section. No overdubs on solo’s and tricky bits: what you hear is what you get.
Bongomatik is not only the name of this band; it’s just the best way to describe their music.
Yumarya Grijt aka ChiChi Zaagsel – vocals
Alberto Caicedo aka Beto – vocals, trombone, percussion
Xiomara Virdo aka Ксения Владилова – vocals
Mick Paauwe aka Mika Ela – bass
Leon de Engelsen aka Mooga Fooga – keys
Pim Dros aka Pedros Tres – drums
Jens Kerkhoff aka Al Siniterio – percussion
George Pancras aka Jorge Cruz – trumpet
Thomas Hilbrandie aka Thom Cruise – guitar
Bongomatik recently played at:
Festivals: Dunya festival, De Parade, Young Arts Festival, Jazz in Duketown, Dias Latinos, Schelde-Jazz, Afro-Latino Festival, Totaal Festival, De Karavaan, Swingin’ Groningen, Jazz at the Hop, Jazz bij Duurstede, Breda Jazz Festival, etc.
Venues: Bimhuis, North Sea Jazz Club, De Doelen, Prospero, DJS, Dizzy, Meterhuis, Rotown, het Paard, etc.
Radio / TV: Met het oog op morgen, Mijke’s Middag, TROS Muziekcafé, VPROJazz Live, Dicht Bij Nederland, AVRO Opium TV, etc
Season ‘12/’13 Bongomatik had a theatre-tour with the program ‘Bongomatik Jazzbits Night’.
‘…this band is one of the biggest surprises of the last year […] zippy, refreshing, disarming, funny, groovy and diverse…‘(Slagwerkkrant)
‘…for sure, this band will turn your program into a party…’ (Het Parool)
‘…a vital mix of Cuban, Columbian and Brasilian music, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Soul and Pop – filled with a lot of humor…’ (Mixed World Music)
‘… in the Netherlands we are spoiled [red.: with many great bands] but with this release, Bongomatik easily joins the top of Dutch bands. They are ready to go abroad… (FileUnder)
“The summer is still far away – unless you turn on the happy sound of this album” (JAZZISM)