Label:
Artist:
Title:
Catalog no:
Format:
Genre:
Keyword:
Release date:
From:
Until:

 
  N.E.W.S.Line
 
 
 
   
ROOTS18 - ROOTS FROM THE CONGO - (LEE SCRATCH PERRY)
LEE SCRATCH PERRY   New release     
ROOTS FROM THE CONGO
Label: ROOTS VIBRATION
Catalog No.: ROOTS18
Genre: DUB, REGGAE
Format: LP
Release date: 27-03-2020
Price:
Stock: This item is in stock
Play all tracks
 
 
Info
(Vinyl-only release, 180 gram pressing) Congo meets Jamaica on this exceptional reggae album from the late seventies. Licensed from BMG and made in collaboration with Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Seskain Molenga and with liner notes by David Katz.
Related Items
 
 
 
Review
TRACKLIST

A1. African Roots
A2. Bad Food
A3. Moto Ya Motema
B1. Mengieb
B2. Nakoya
B3.Guipimbu Gienn

INFO

Congo meets Jamaica on this exceptional reggae album from the late seventies. Licensed from BMG and made in collaboration with Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Seskain Molenga and with liner notes by David Katz.

Congo meets Jamaica on this exceptional reggae album from the late seventies. Made in collaboration with Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Seskain Molenga and with liner notes by David Katz.
The Belgian labels Planet Ilunga, specializing in researching, documenting and releasing Congolese music from the fifties to seventies, and Roots Vibration, devoted to reissuing classic roots singles and albums, join forces for the first time. Together making one of the most enigmatic reggae albums available again. Recorded and produced in the late seventies at Lee Perry's Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

The album which Congolese artists Seskain Molenga (African Fiesta National, Empire Bakuba, TPOK Jazz...) and Kalo Kawongolo recorded together with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a most remarkable project to surface from the Black Ark studio. It's also one of the most misrepresented of Perry’s productions, with myriad explanations for its existence falling far short of what actually happened.

The intention of the original band, formed in France by the producer Bernadette Duget and composed of a mixture of Congolese, Senegalese and French musicians, was to head to Jamaica to record a rock album with African undercurrents in Lee Perry's Black Ark studio. However, in Jamaica things didn't go according to plan and the project turned out to be a failure. The Congolese duo Seskain Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo continued working with Lee 'Scratch' Perry and this collaboration would eventually bear an unexpected reggae fruit. These recordings were originally released on LP in 1979 and re-released in 1991, yet the vinyl album remains highly sought-after.

Now finally re-issued with extensive liner notes by the American journalist, author and reggae aficionado David Katz (assisted by Bart Cattaert (Planet Ilunga) for the interviews with Seskain Molenga). This reissue sheds more concerted light on the complex tale that lies behind the work. Most notably thanks to the emergence of 'new' eyewitness accounts such as Seskain Molenga, Wasis Diop and Lee Perry.

The debut album by Seskain Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo remains a unique slice of musical ingenuity, an intoxicating sonic storm that resulted from their temporary presence at the magical space of the Black Ark.


The sound recording and quality of the original album is a story on its own (you will be able to read about this in our liner notes). It was quite an odyssey to get the sound right, without losing the original energy and ambiance of the recordings.

Vinyl-only release

* LP comes in a gatefold album sleeve with extensive liner notes (in English)
* 180 gram vinyl
* Restored and remastered tracks. Lacquer cut made at Dubplates & Mastering
* Artwork by Fiona E. Oikonomidou
* Limited edition release

Powered by SDE