Bong-Ra

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Bong-Ra
Birth name Jason Kohnen
Also known as Killahman Machine, Porcelain Minotaurs
Origin Utrecht, Netherlands
Genres Breakcore, raggacore, Drum & Bass, Cybergrind, jungle
Years active 1996–present
Labels Ad Noiseam, Sublight Records, various others
Associated acts Servants of the Apocalyptic Goat Rave, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Celestial Season, The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation, Wormskull, Phuture Doom
Website bong-ra.com

Bong-Ra is the performing name of Dutch breakcore musician Jason Kohnen from Utrecht. Formed in 1996, initially producing and DJing jungle music. Previous to Bong-Ra Jason Kohnen performed as bassist and drummer for stoner/doom metal band Celestial Season amongst others.

Kohnen's style contains a variety of crossovers and fusions of different genres, including metal, gabba, jazz, rave, and jungle, becoming one of the front runners of the breakcore genre, sometimes credited as "yardcore" or "raggacore", blending reggae and ragga with breakcore.

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Bong-Ra's 1998 debut album New Millennium Dreadz was released on Djax Records; it was the first Dutch full length drum and bass album ever released.

In 2001, Kohnen set up the Clash Records label releasing a mix of hardcore, ragga, and jungle on 7" vinyl, releasing artists like Parasite, FFF, Soundmurderer, I:gor and Murderbot. In 2004, the sublabel Kriss Records was set up, oriented more towards metal/breakcore, releasing material from Jahba, Drumcorps, DJ Scotch Egg, Maruosa, and Snares Man.

The "Breakcore a Go-Go!" breakcore/jungle parties in Utrecht and Rotterdam, together with FFF, where the first recurring breakcore parties in the Netherlands, running from 2003 to 2005.

On 21 February 2002, a Peel session by Bong-Ra was aired on BBC Radio 1, which was later released on vinyl. John Peel regularly played Bong-Ra tracks after he had been sent a 4-track demo in 2000. Kohnen also got to meet John Peel in person and he considers the Peel session as one of the highlights of his career.[1]

His second full length album Bikini Bandits, Kill! Kill! Kill!, released on Supertracks Records in 2003, saw a cooperation with US Gyromart, creators of the Bikini Bandits. The videoclip to the track "666 MPH" aired on nightly rotation on Dutch MTV, and the album became part of a multimedia exhibition in the Museum of Modern Arts in Arnhem.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ VPRO 3VOOR12 Utrecht JOURNALISM: Bong-Ra stoft Peel-sessie af als eerbetoon

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