|DAWEH CONGO :
1 - Travel East, 2 - Coconut Chalice, 3 - No Peace, 4 - Study Garvey, 5 - In America, 6 - Together Thing, 7 - Jah Call Them, 8 - Love Is Real, 9 - Let Them Fight It, 10 - Rhythm Track, 11 - Golden Text, 12 - Militancy
|Release info :
Daweh Congo, real name Rohan Graham, was born in 1969. He comes from a musical family, his father being Leo Graham who cut sides for a.o. Joe Gibbs and Lee Perry. Daweh recorded his first song "Breadwinner" for legendary singer Alton Ellis. It lasted until 1995, when he teamed up with Ocho Rios based producer/multi-instrumentalist/managing director Barry O'Hare, before he was able to record his first hitsingles : "Study Garvey" and "Coconut Chalice".
Both songs, and a third single "No Peace" are included on this astonishing debut set from Daweh Congo. The words and thoughts of Marcus Garvey are featured prominently on "Militancy". This album will strike a resonding chord amongst the "new" generation of Rastafari orientated reggae fans. Vocally paying tribute to the great Burning Spear, Daweh Congo's lyrics are spiritually charged and certainly uplifting. "No Peace" uses to full effect the crucial "Heathen" riddim, in "Jah Call Them" Jackie Mittoo's "Drum Song" is revitalised and the "Kette Drum" riddim is the musical background for the Marcus Garvey anthem "Study Garvey".
Look to Ethiopia... Marcus Garvey said ...but do take your time to listen to this stunning debut from Daweh Congo.
Album review by Teacher & Mr. T | © Reggae Vibes Productions NL
Review by Chuck Foster, published in The Beat :
To note the influence of Burning Spear on Daweh Congo's vocals is kind of like saying Lucky Dube sings like Peter Tosh - it doesn't tell the whole story. Congo is the son of Jamaican singer Leo Graham, who cut some wicked '70s singles like "Perilous Time". "A Win Them" and "Not Giving Up" for Joe Gibbs and a series of burning "Big Tongue Busters" (the name of one of them) for now-legendary producer Lee "Scratch" Perry. "Militancy" is Daweh Congo's first album and though he and it may evoke the spirit of those singers he's developed a sound of his own. Produced by X-Rated Records' Barry O'Hare and recorded at Grove Studio in Ocho Rios (with one track "In America" - of course - in Holland) it's the juxtaposition of Congo's older-than-his-years baritone with the (can I yet say) late '90s X-Rated sound that makes these recordings exciting. Cuts like "Jah Call Them", "Study Garvey" and "Coconut Chalice" move an element of '70s reggae two decades forward to gain relevance in our time. But what makes a cut like "No Peace" so modern is precisely the way it digitally reconstructs a pounding, dub-based rhythm that could easily pass for twice its age without flashing ID. Daweh Congo has clearly mapped out some interesting territory for himself and it will be worth to see where he goes from here.