The Congos formed the Congo Ashanty label immediately after having a falling out with producer Lee “Scratch” Perry so that they could press and sell their debut album HEART OF THE CONGOS. Perry, who famously produced the album, had already pressed the album to several different labels, each with a different mix. They released their next two albums on Congo Ashanty, the underrated IMAGE OF AFRICA and the magnificent CONGO ASHANTI LP before signing with the English Beat’s label GO-FEET.
They also pressed several singles to the label: “Children Crying” b/w “Open The Gate”; “Music Maker” b/w “Maker Version”; and 1999′s “Reggae Revival” b/w version.
I’ve been planning to do a Congos mix for the longest time, but there is just so much material to pull from. So I figured I’ll do a several volume mix. Here is the first. Hope you dig my selections…
The Congos Freestyle
Only Jah Know
Problems (Rough Mix)
Days Chasing Days
Fisherman (Radio Edit)
Bring The Macka Back
Aaron and Moses
Enemy and Spy
Music Maker (Alternate)
Music Maker Dub
Can’t Take It Away 12″
Can’t Take It Away Dub
Where He Leads Me
Open The Gate Live Inna De Yard
Open The Gate
Ark Of The Covenant
Noah Sugar Pan
Solid Foundation (Disco Cork Mix)
Some A Thief
Some A Thief Dub
Brand new high-definition video fresh from Glastonbury 2013! The Congos on tour means the world will be a better place. Stunning performance by this foundation vocal group.
Here is a great 7″ from our good friend Steve Barrow’s Blood & Fire label. Their last release was an album featuring our favorite reggae artists singing or toasting over Lee “Scratch” Perry’s legendary “Fisherman” riddim, made famous by The Congos’ “Row Fisherman Row” off the ‘Heart Of The Congos’ album. This 7″ features Luciano blessing the riddim with his vocal and U-Roy toasting the riddim on the flip side.
What was my reaction when I found out that Cedric Myton was collaborating on an album with Mad Professor? ECSTATIC!
When I found out that Cedric would be singing original vocals over some of the most noteworthy reggae riddims I was over the moon. This album gives me hope. I’m just thrilled that they are still making great roots reggae albums. Pairing these two living legends together was pure genius and this album is a smash. Hands down best album so far for 2013. This says a lot considering it’s up against albums from Black Roots, Midnite, Kiddus-I, Captain Sinbad & Frenchie, Mikey Dread, and Corner & The Metastones. The crop of roots albums so far this year really gives me hope for the future of roots reggae…what a year we are having!
BUY THIS ALBUM NOW! Cedric singing over the “Jah Vengeance” and “Africa Must Be Free” riddims? Followed up by Professor’s dub version? Are you for real?
I have included selections from the album here just to give you an idea of what it sounds like. In the interest of respecting copyright, each track fades out at the 2-minute mark.
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