Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Leeds ft. The Bongolian Live

  • Friday | 25.05.12
  • 9.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £13 advance...

Bongo fury! The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club returns to The Wardrobe, Leeds with a full live set featuring the incredible rare groove fusion of Funk Soul Hammond and Sci Fi Bongo Boogaloo of The Bongolian plus presenter, DJ, actor and funkster Craig Charles manning the decks ’till 2am with the planet’s funkiest tunes.

The Bongolian

This month Craig Charles is delighted to showcase a full live set by The Bongolian, AKA multi-instrumentalist and Big Boss Man front man Nasser Bouzida and his incredible band

A decade ago Nasser Bouzida disappeared into his studio and created a solo set of recordings which resulted in the birth of his alter ego The Bongolian. Drawing on his influences of Funk, Soul and Jazz Nasser produced an inspired selection of recordings blending elements of grinding percussion and heavy Bongo rhythms.  

The eponymous debut ‘The Bongolian’ was released early in 2002 to much critical acclaim, and followed up by the 2006 ‘Blueprint’ and in 2008 by ‘Outer Bongolia’ (which scored a licensing deal in Japan).His most recent release, Bongos For Beatniks, upped the pressure on the funk cooker even more. The albums have become record box essentials for DJs, finding a wide appeal from Dance and Hip-Hop to rare groove and funk 45s fans. Nasser has assembled a high calibre five piece live band with whom The Bongolian have toured USA, UK and Europe. The Wardobe is deligeted to welcome this modern funk hero to Leeds for what promises to be a banger of a night. Presented by Band on the Wall.

Tickets also available from The Wardrobe and Jumbo Records

“Nasser Bouzida is a man with talent to spare. A Latin-flavoured jazz-funk odyssey” `
Q Magazine

“The UK’s premier exponent of bongo-driven freakbeat” Plan B

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

This event will begin at 9pm but The Wardrobe Cafe Bar is open earlier upstairs for delicious food and drinks.