o THE CONGOS
The Congos are a reggae vocal band from Jamaica which formed the duo "Ashanti" Roy Johnson (tenor) (Roydel Johnson, 1947, Hanover, Jamaica) and Cedric Myton (falsetto) (1947, Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica ), later becoming a trio with the addition of Watty Burnett (baritone) (b.early 1950s, Port Antonio, Jamaica)
This name was chosen because it was the Congo that provided the largest contingent of slaves to Jamaica.
The Congos have been active on the mid-1970s until the present day. They are best known for their Heart of the Congos album, recorded with Lee "Scratch" Perry.
The album was made in his Black Ark Studio in 1977 before he burnt down the whole place. Many see the heart of the Congos as the best reggae release of all time together with Cultures' Two Sevens Clash.
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 English Beat manager John Mustyn and secured a deal with Arista to record the album "Face the Music" in Jamaica.
Temporarily relocating to the 80's states, The Congos continued to record and tour, spreading their Old Testament Rasta Vibes all throughout the United State. The Reggae on the River, Reggae on the River, New Reggae Festival, Reggae on the Bay, Camp Reggae, and many more.
the Congos are considered one of the best vocal trios in the history of reggae. The three original members have created unique harmonies that have marked the era of reggae roots.
They continue inflamed the European Scenes in 2017 they were again reunited on the scene reggae Italian and in France on October 31, 2017 to celebrate the 70 years of Cedric Myton.