Les TAMBOURS DU BRONX were born in 1987 in Varennes-Vauzelles, parish of Nevers, Nievre, France. Their name comes from a Varennes-Vauzelles district called « The Bronx » because of its square patterned streets, and lines of identical dark houses. This district was primarily inhabited, by SNCF (French trains society) workers, where the first drums used by les TDB are from.
Their first performance was a simple happening as part of the « Nevers a Vif » festival, in 1987 . What began like a joke between friends became the urban percussion's international reference.