Well it’s Friday, and you know what that means. It means we are feeling something. Not just anything here folks. We’re feeling some grooves that really can move you and make you feel good. We’re talking some vibes for days and the sixth album from the man they call The Bongolian.
Harlem Hipshake is the latest from The Bongolian aka the boss man himself, multi-instrumentalist Nasser Bouzida. Playing most of the instruments on this latest release on Blow Up Records, he is also joined by UK musician Terry Edwards on trumpet, saxophone, and flute. This record finds The Bongolian deep inside the 1960’s Latin soul scene and with a nod to Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, and Joe Bataan, the Lp is heavy with breaks, Latin grooves and good times. The first listen we get from this record is “El Beardo”. While we are definitely partial to this name, we’re excited to share the track with the Flea Market Funk fam today. Hitting hard on this Latin soul/ Dancefloor Jazz sound, The Bongolian outdoes himself on this release. As authentic as some Arroz con Pollo and Mofongo eaten on a busy sidewalk café Uptown baby, this one swings from top to bottom with plenty of fatback drums, percussion, horns, and more. Easily something that could rock a dance floor or your whip driving down the Westside Highway, lovers of that NYC Latin Soul scene will give it the thumbs up. Listen to the track below and purchase after the stream. The Bongolian is back and he’s better than ever! Props to this man for keeping this sound alive.