Bongo Botrako + Dub Factory – Melkweg, Amsterdam – 27/2/15


For Marisa’s 18th I took her to Amsterdam for a fun packed week-end. We arrived Friday evening in time to book into our hotel, have a wander along the canals and get to the ‘Melkweg’ in time for a gig. I had seen that there was a gig on but knew nothing about who was playing…..


First up were Dub Factory who played reggae covers like Marcia Griffiths “I Feel like jumping” and got the crowd dancing. The sound that the bass player was making was fantastic!


The main act was ‘Bongo Botrako’ from Catalonia. They reminded me of fledgling Manu Chao, all the same ingredients were there – Passion, catchy choruses, horn section, reggae/ska/latin feel…….. They were obviously having a good time, which rubbed off on the crowd and most people there seemed to know all the songs. We joined in where we could like on I want less

And with an art exhibition in the next room – a great way to start off our weekend

Bob the Chiropodist


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