Come With Me Now – Kongos
‘It’s boere musiek, I’m not interested,’ is something one might say if you listened to the first few seconds of ‘Come With Me Now’ by Kongos as it is just an accordion playing, although, one may also think that it is something out of the township, or the start of a Johnny Clegg track as it has that feel to it too.
But after those few second introduction you realise that this is neither, it’s a thumpingly thuddingling stompingly stonkingly great tune from the sons of Johnny. The Kongos Kids know how to make big songs and ‘Come With Me Now’ is them at their best. It’s catchy, you can dance to it, you could head bang to it (if that’s your thing). And it became an international hit as it went to number 7 in Canada, number 31 in the US, 94 in Australia, 65 in Austria, 36 in New Zealand and 47 in Spain. In the UK is made it to 125, but was far more popular in Scotland than the rest of great Britain as it went to 58 on the Scottish charts.
And its international success is no surprise as their dad, John Kongos had seen international hits with ‘Tokoloshe Man’ and ‘Step On’ so they were just following in his footsteps. If you took a rumble of thunder and beat it with a hammer on an anvil till it took the shape of a tune, you would get ‘Come With Me Now’. This is a juggernaut of a track that deserved all the success it got.
Where to find it:
Lunatic – Kongos, Tokoloshe Records (2012)