UK Reggae crew Hempolics have released a new video for their track Bongadashi, which drops ahead of their forthcoming second album ‘Kiss, Cuddle & Torture: Volume 2’, out in April on their own Zee Zee Records via Kartel Music Group.

Described by Hempolics main man Grippa Laybourne as a pure British reggae-funk stomper full of swagger and verve”, and he’s right – it’s full of attitude singalong choruses, despite its dark vibe, big riffs and gloriously slashy guitars. Over the top Laybourne speaks of the inherent danger of being on the streets, whether in London or Port of Spain in Tobago, the home of Hempolics collaborator Franz.

Check out the new visuals, filmed in the latter

Check the band out later in the year, when they support Toots and the Maytals on their farewell UK dates. Details below.


April 10 – London – International Ska Festival
April 12 – Leeds – Hifi Club
April 17 – Southampton – Brook

Fri May 15 2020 – BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Sat May 16 2020 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Sun May 17 2020 – FROME Cheese and Grain
Fri May 29 2020 – LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Sat May 30 2020 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo