Heart Of The Congos - 40 years on

Reggae | Tuesday 17th January 2017 |

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of The Congos’ iconic album, Heart Of The Congos which still instantly wants to make you move your feet.

This timeless classic produced by Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry at his famous Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica, opens with their most well known song ‘Fisherman’, immediately creating fantastic imagery whilst showing off the groups  versatile vocals. Consisting of ‘Ashanti’ Roy Johnson, Cedric Myton and Watty Burnett, who was cleverly added to the duo for his deeper tones by the influential Perry, The Congos truly were and remain some of the pioneering fathers of the roots reggae genre.

After the success of Heart Of The Congos, the group carried on recording without Perry, making albums such as Congo Ashanti and Give Them The Rights. Unfortunately, the little music they did record after their first album failed to have nearly the same impact, yet they still tour around the world, having most recently played in the UK at One Love Festival in September. There is no doubt then that The Congos strong, raw and spiritual sound continues to resonate with reggae lovers today.

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