Daweh Congo: Congo Man Comeback
- Words: Tomas Palermo
Roots singer Daweh Congo has an excellent new download-only single available, titled "Joy Brings Pain". This earthy reggae song features Congo’s wailing-style voice, a unique timbre (which sounds a bit like early Burning Spear) that has set him apart from the crowded Rasta vocal market. “Joy…” also features an electric slide guitar by Swedish blues musician Tender G, and fans can access a free dub version of the track on Congo’s website.
Far from a newcomer, Congo has been plying the music trade for the past decade, with five albums under his belt. His motto of “give me human rights and justice, I am a rebel in the street fighting for it” has resonated with listeners in Europe and America.
iReggae.com features a nice audio interview where the singer explains his philosophy, militancy, and devotion to his Rasta beliefs.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Congo’s father, Leo Graham, was the lead vocalist with the Bleechers and recorded songs for producers Joe Gibbs and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Apart from music and Jamaica, Daweh Congo's main inspiration comes from his reading the book Marcus Garvey’s Children. The teachings of Marcus Garvey are heavily featured on his Barry O'Hare-produced debut album Militancy (Runn Records, Holland).
The conscious roots sound of his second recording, Human Rights & Justice (Roots and Culture Records), brought more acclaim to the singer and a number one listing on iReggae’s top ten reggae albums in May 2000. He went on to release Jah Children in 2004, on Super Vibez, and Health & Strength for Jet Star in ‘05. Congo has toured with Twinkle Brothers, Jah Mali, and others.
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