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Spotlight on Bongo Chilli
By Lady Zimma, Dainty Crew
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2004-02-12
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Bongo Chilli is the unusual moniker of a 23-year-old DJ who was born and raised in Trelawney, Jamaica. He got the name whilst attending Holmwood Technical High School and recalls, "One of my classmates noticed I would have chilli on a regular basis and insisted that my name should be Chilli." The artist himself, because of "Rasta influence," added the Bongo on.

Bongo's decision to enter into the music world was due to an overwhelming love for Reggae music, and people who heard him DJ also encouraged him. His oldest brothers also inspired him, as he says, "I started out as a kind of copycat," but then his greatest inspiration was Papa San. As yet, Bongo would say he hasn't had his break, but still needs "to be given more opportunities to demonstrate" his work.

So far he has done work in terms of promos and says that people are surprised when they hear his track, “Genetic Warfare.” He does not elaborate as to why, but we are sure that people can judge for themselves if they check out his EP, which is available on his website at www.peoplesound.com/artist/bongochilli.

Bongo writes all his own lyrics and gets his ideas from what he sees and hears around him. He has performed at stage shows in and around the English cities of Nottingham, Manchester, Huddersfield and London. When he was still in Jamaica, he worked mainly on sound systems. Bongo would love to tour America and Africa.

As a DJ, Bongo has his likes and dislikes and says, "The thing I enjoy most as a DJ is performing on stage." What he least enjoys is writing lyrics, as he can sometimes "build a complete song" in his head before he writes it down.

His dislikes of the Dancehall industry include the profanity used by many DJs, which he says, "Is just a bad example for up and coming artists." He believes, "Artists need to understand that music is the art of expressing emotions in sound."

Some of Bongo's favourite entertainers include Papa San, Professor Nuts, General Trees, Capleton, Merciless, Jah Cure and Lukie D. He also enjoys listening to Stone Love, Killamanjaro, Bass Odyssey and Bodyguard sounds.

Bongo has dabbled in some production on his own tracks and is also attending college, working towards his BTEC First Diploma in Music Technology.

If he hadn't headed into the music business, Bongo believes he would have been an auto mechanic as he was studying that in High School. He says, "At one point, my intention was to join the army in Jamaica to work as a mechanic!”

Bongo advises up and coming DJs to stay focused and promote themselves as much as they can. Bongo has definitive plans for the future and intends to have his own studio, an independent record label and an annual event in the future.

For those Bongo's fans, he had a special message, "I do believe in improvement, therefore I don't look for decay in my career." So, basically keep watching Bongo Chilli, as he's sure to be flossing big time so he can have a bright future.

For bookings, please contact Rootsman on rootsman@thirdeyemusic.co.uk.


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