The Congos

Genres: Reggae
Tags: reggae roots reggae dub roots jamaica Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Jamaican vocal group (sometimes spelt Congoes) formed in the mid-70s by Cedric Myton (1947, St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies; falsetto) and ‘Ashanti’ Roy Johnson (b. Roydell Johnson, 12 April 1943, Kendal, Hanover, Jamaica, West Indies; tenor), with Watty Burnett (baritone) completing the classic line-up. For a brief period the trio recorded some of the most alluring and exciting roots reggae of all time. Myton and Johnson, both serious Rastafarian artists and members of the Niyabinghi Order, first emerged as the Congos on a single, ‘At The Feast’, for producer Lee Perry (1976). Before teaming with Johnson, Myton had been a member of the Tartans and had also sung with Ras Michael and recorded with Prince Lincoln And The Royal Rasses. Perry had been auditioning vocal groups at his Black Ark Studio in Kingston for a project he had in mind: a roots vocal album featuring a classic falsetto/tenor/baritone line-up. However, the Congos proved to be...

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