Safri Duo ‎– Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)

Universal ‎– 158 542-2
CD, Maxi-Single, Enhanced

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1 Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) (Radio Cut) 3:18
2 Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) (Original Club Version) 8:36
3 Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) (DJ Tandu Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – DJ Tandu
4 Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) (Spanish Fly Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Spanish Fly (9)
5 Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) (Nick Sentience Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Nick Sentience
6 Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song) (Serious Mix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Serious
Video Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)
Other [Video Directed By] – Donovan ChamberlayneOther [Video Produced By] – Battlecrusier



Recorded in The Safri Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Published by Sony ATV Music Publishing / EMI Casadida Music Publishing / Edition Re-Flex
Video produced in London, UK.

℗ & © 2000 Universal Music (Denmark) A/S

Made in the EU.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 601215854220
  • Barcode (Text): 6 01215 85422 0
  • Matrix / Runout: 06012 158 542-2 01 / 51100419
  • Other (Mould Text): MADE IN GERMANY BY UNIVERSAL M & L G
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 06012 158 542-2 01 / 51100419
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L001
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0113
  • Other (Mould Text Variant 2): MADE IN GERMANY BY UNIVERSAL M & L A
  • Rights Society: BIEM/MCPS
  • Label Code: LC 01846
  • Other (Distribution Code): UN 940

Other Versions (5 of 35) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
012 158 893-1 Safri Duo Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)(12") MCA Records 012 158 893-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
012 158 893-2 Safri Duo Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)(CD, Maxi, Enh) MCA Records 012 158 893-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
158 542-1 Safri Duo Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)(12", Maxi) Universal Licensing Music (ULM) 158 542-1 France 2001 Sell This Version
MCAR-25741-1 Safri Duo Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)(12", Promo) MCA Records MCAR-25741-1 US 2000 Sell This Version
SAFRIVINYL01 Safri Duo Played-A-Live (The Bongo Song)(12", Promo) Universal SAFRIVINYL01 Denmark 2000 Sell This Version


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August 14, 2015
Best and favourite remix track is "Played-A-Live" (DJ Tandu Mix).

May 16, 2005
edited over 11 years ago
Generally speaking, different people expect different experiences when attending weddings.

Women attend weddings expecting their romantic spark plugs to be ignited. Single women attend weddings expecting to walk away no longer remaining single.

Guys attend weddings expecting free multiple course meals and booze. Single guys attend weddings expecting free multiple course meals and booze.

Speaking for myself and for other quality music enthusiasts, the last thing some people expect is to be - out of all things - introduced to quality music. And yet, ironically, it was at a wedding that I first heard Safri Duo's 'Played-A-Live', or, as it's affectionately known, "The Bongo Song".

"Being blown away" is a fairly accurate description of the feeling my soul experienced when that combination of Latin-flavoured percussion and Eurogated synths pounded into my ears. The massive sound achieved through these two formats is almost indescribable. The gentle breakdowns juxtopose with the euphoric buildups and the whole is even greater than the sum of its parts. The feeling begins life at your feet and gradually, but very notably, spreads up your body until the pins and needles eventually infect the hairs on your head. Plus the sound of the crowd going berserk doesn't damage the vibe either. Make no mistake, this track takes no prisoners. There are no vocals here, but like I've said elsewhere, the soul has no need for verbal forms of communication. The bass stabs with the low pass filters during the first breakdown speak more languages to me than any multiple disc DVD set.

There are five different versions on this CD5, each version with its own unique appeal. While all use the original tools to their fullest, each mix builds a radically different house. There is, of course, the original (as described) and a radio edit, which does its best to encapsulate the nine minute original opus into a three minute quickie. The third party remixers are DJ Tandu, Spanish Fly, Nick Sentience and Serious.

The DJ Tandu remix adopts a more progressive approach and is a fantastic getting-to-the-peak part of your set. The breakdown is similar in vibe to that of the original's, though the euphoria factor decreased slightly. High recommended.

The Spanish Fly remix is breathtaking. It takes the Latin spices of the original to another level, and despite the additional French vocals, you're probably all the way in Rio with this one. There is a distinctly 1980's feel to this, courtesy of those ballerina-styled synths. Once again, the breakdown is notable, for it features a simulated heartbeat, which gives the whole thing a natural organic feel.

Next up is the Nick Sentience mix, which is, evidently, the Yin to the Spanish Fly's Yang. Sentience injects the original with a Hard House syringe. My least favourite of all the mixes, it still has its 5:30am credential.

The Serious mix (pun intended) will delight Techno/Tech-House fans. All things electronic, bleepy and dark are audible here. Good for a good trip.