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  • n. Plural form of bongo.
  • n. A pair of small drums of Cuban origin, played by beating with the hands.


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  • I would be careful about calling people "bongos" if i was you, especially since you fluctuate between two personalities.


  • Replace your crystal with a kazoo, trade in your feather for a pair of bongos, and substitute a CD of soulful music for a religious book.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • His Carmen Suite (1967), written for the Cuban National Ballet with his ballerina wife in the title role, douses Bizet's score in a sugar water of bongos, vibraphone and other, often witty, percussive invention.

    Tristan und Isolde; LSO/Gergiev

  • Horn, cello and clarinet – the RPO element – wove improvised lines around the melody, with various guitars, keyboards, vibes, bongos and drum kit adding according to skill and instruction.

    Belshazzar's Feast; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas project – review

  • No, you don't need to bring your bongos, I think we have that covered.

    John R. Talbott: Why You Must March on Thursday

  • One of the worst game ideas ever was embodied in Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, which is a platform game you control with a pair of cheap electric bongos.

    Boing Boing

  • But listening to it now for the first time, I hear bongos, a trap set, electric guitars, a simplistic musical and textual structure, a rock-beat meter, and familiar rock riffs throughout, along with an ego completely unleashed from all decorum and discipline.

    Bridge Building and Sacred Music

  • When you find yourself stuck watching one of the less-compelling interviews, the film can drag a bit -- and the soundtrack doesn't help as it makes you feel like you're trapped in the bohemian coffee shop from hell, with Maynard G. Krebs working the bongos.

    Sundance Review: ‘Brief Interviews With Hideous Men’ » MTV Movies Blog

  • Busking in Brussels was futile, me screaming and you on the bongos, all you'd accept from your father, before he returned to New York.

    Temporary Passport

  • The mood was celebratory Tuesday evening in the protest camp, where a trio played "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" on flute, guitar and bongos.

    St. Paul's Halts Legal Bid to Evict Activists' Camp

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