I Am Drongomala
more formally known as Dr. Ongo Mala and I sometimes check into hotel rooms under the names
Mr A. Gondola | A Normal God | Random Goal | Mr Do Analog | A Normal Dog | A Room Gland | A Gold Manor | Modal Rag No.
My first band that really toured was Baby Bartok and played hundreds of gigs all over the UK. We did Publishing deals with the famous CaVa studios in Glasgow... glorious but then blew up because of a difference of opinion on 'Public Enemy' and house music. During the 90's I was immersed in the Drum and bass scene in Edinburgh. Tablas and double time dnb beats mixed like water.
Put out 3 tracks on a compilation called Radio Wonderlust. I was called simply Drongo then. After I formed my own label Flying Mountain and went further afield to South India.
In 2003/4 I recorded and composed with top classical South Indian musicians in Kerala, India living there for two years. Two records came out of this - Scale and 100 Fields along well as two books on Indian music. The record features some of the best up and coming talent in South Indian carnatic/classical scene.
In Oct 2005 I worked with some rappers on the Elemental album from Oakland, California just after New Orleans had flooded. Azeem shines through as an emerging auteur on this record.
Crash landing back in Manchester I got together an electro punk band The Good Hurt. Short, glorious, bloody and full of electrcity - you can't get this in a power gym. Of an afternoon and night in Manchester I also produced a number of exciting projects with artists such as Louis Oak Anderson who I produced and performed with on the record "Up North in the Coalshed". TheWhatSupreme,Sensei C and many others.
At the end of 2007 I recorded Lucky Man Alive in Cario. 1 day in Cairo - I meet a percussionsit and violin player on the hop and do 7 tracks.
May 2009 - finished a soundtrack record called '1200 Miles As The White Crane Flys'. It features Ian Dixon the auter jazz and primitive flute genius of Manchester. 4 years later and my online collaboration with a friend Boofa in NZ sees the light of day.
Drongomala, Sinik & Tree : Aug 2009. the second 'lost' EP from the The Good Hurt of Manchester originally recorded in 2007 but mothballed after the band imploded.'. Check it out. It's even better than the first one.
Released Goodbye Anoop - South Indian Folk (folk and classical) album with Vamsi Das dedicated to a lost friend.
Spanish language Album with top tango/jazz artists called Almas Buenas - recorded in Buenos Aires, Argentina - in Spanish.
Sounds Like: David Byrne, Beck, Parliament-Funkadelic, Ravi Shankar