THE CONGOS: Reggae’s living legends have been producing conscious, roots music for 3 decades. Formed in 1975 by Cedric Myton in Kingston, Jamaica during the golden age of reggae.
First produced by legendary producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, they recorded their classic first album “Heart of the Congos” in the famous Black Ark recording studio. That album (recently voted greatest reggae album of all time on the Internet!) lay shelved for more than 20 years-victim of a money dispute between Chris Blackwell and the record company. “Heart of the Congos” contains many reggae classics like “Row Fisherman Row” and “Congoman” and has recently been re-mastered and re-release on the Blood & Fire label.
Roydell Johnson left the group in 1980. After recording their second album “Congo Ashanti” they were featured along with Toots and the Maytals in the movie “Image of Africa” by Rhinosorus Film Company in the early ’80’s. After touring Europe with CBS records, Cedric linked up with English Beat manager John Mustyn and secured a deal with Arista to record the album “Face the Music” in Jamaica.
Temporarily relocating to the states in the 80’s, The Congos continued to record and tour, spreading their Old Testament Rasta Vibes all throughout the United State.
Today, (with the help of Mike Cacia and Yvonne Myton) The Congos are still very active on the tour circuit and are celebrating the new millennium by releasing a much anticipated Congos anthology called “Lion Treasure” which chronicles the best works of this legendary group. The CD will include some previously unreleased versions like “The Feast of the Passover” and “Music Maker” recorded in the 70’s featuring the horns of the late, great Tommy McCook of the Skatalites.