Spotlight on Bongo Chilli
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
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
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.
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