Lee Perry with Seskain Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo —
Roots From The Congo ... LP Roots Vibration/Planet Ilunga (UK), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
One of the most unusual albums to ever come from the legendary Black Ark studios of Lee Scratch Perry – a set by a duo of Congolese singers, Seke Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo – who are also not to be confused with The Congos, another group that Perry was producing at the time! The album definitely has some reggae elements, but also echoes with a sound that's much more African than most of Lee's other music of the time – a great mixing of the vocals, guitars, and percussion of Molenga and Kawongolo with some of the trippier, dubbier styles of Scratch's production – at a level that seems bent on building a musical bridge across the Atlantic! Titles include "Moto Ya Motema", "Bad Food", "African Roots", "Mengieb", and "Guipimbu Gienu". LP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of dub from producer Phil Pratt – and one with a real transatlantic pedigree too! The set was mixed in London, at the legendary Easy Street Studios – but features sounds recorded in Kingston – mostly from songs by Ronnie Davis, and with rhythms that include work from Sly & Robbie – plus lead guitar from Lloyd Gitsy Willis and melodica and keyboards from the great Bobby Kalphat! The whole thing is served up in this really moody brew – nice and lean, very dark and heavy – and with a quality that's much more like some of those rare, barely-circulated Jamaican dub albums from the early years, instead of some of the UK productions of the period. Titles include "Danger Zone", "Easy Street Special", "The Good The Bad & The Brave", "Feel The Beat", "Earth Movement", and "Dancing Kid". LP, Vinyl record album