The Bongo Brothers were founded in 2005 by actor Dave Houston and musician Bryson Mulholland. Formerly known as Talking Drum, they originally performed as roving percussionists, playing Melbourne Grand Prix and the Australian Open.
In January 2005, they spent 3 months as artist-in-residence in Mexico City, composing, rehearsing and recording their debut album, Cactus, which involved working with local musicians and a Mexican producer. Once back in Australia, they received a three-month contract with the Qld Arts Council, touring their maiden production Quest for the Ultimate Rhythm.
In 2008, they evolved into a trio, with the addition of bass playing, cartoonist Ado Osborne. Together, they produced their second production Surf Safari. They began working with Sydney-based agent School Performance Tours (SPT), touring schools in regional Australia, performing over 200 shows that year. They followed up in 2009 with a season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and numerous festival and theatre outings.
In 2010, they released their widely acclaimed second album, Surf Safari.
In 2018, they released their third album, Quest for the Ultimate Rhythm. They are currently working on an animation pilot for TV and have an EP mid-production, a collaboration with renowned Australian hip-hop artists.
The Bongo Brothers continue to perform around 70-80 shows a year at schools, theatres and festivals. They have adapted their original production into a solo show for pre-school audiences. “The Wiggles for funky parents. After nearly a decade dazzling kids and parents with their infectious grooves, The Bongo Brothers have created a tight, hysterical piece of musical comedy and wild percussion that doesn’t lag for a second”- The Age, Melbourne