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Click below for an Incredible Bongo Band sample: 

Apache

 

 
Hip hop's early days would have been a whole lot leaner without the floor-filling grooves of "Apache" and "Bongo Rock," secret weapons that Kool Herc and other DJs would cut up to get the party moving.   These were recorded by the Incredible Bongo Band, who were a studio outfit led by Michael Viner, who was running the Pride label that MGM was a part of.  Viner apparently had a soft spot for surf tunes, as he had a habit of covering them on the Bongo Band LPs.

The aforementioned tunes are some of the most sampled in history, particularly "Apache," which recently made its way into a commercial.  

Incredible Bongo Band's Deepest Grooves

Bongo Rock (MGM, 1973)

Return of the Incredible Bongo Band (MGM, 1974)

Bongo Rock: Complete Incredible Bongo Band (Strut, 2001)
The two albums together at last on one cd.  Any and everything you'd want to hear or know about them is here.

Copyright 2001 B.Graff.  All rights reserved.

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