Lee Scratch Perry & Seskain Molenga with Kalo Kawongolo – roots from the congo lp
Lp reissue van obscure Lee Perry plaat. Co-productie van Belgische label Planet Ilunga en Roots Vibration (‘devoted to reissue classic roots singles and albums’) Klaphoes + extensive liner notes, alleen vinyl.
“Recorded and produced in the late seventies at Lee Perry’s Black Ark studio in Kingston, Jamaica. The album which Congolese artists Seskain Molenga and Kalo Kawongolo recorded together with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is one of the most mysterious projects to surface from the Black Ark Studio during the late 1970s. 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 reissued with extensive liner notes by the American journalist, author and reggae aficionado David Katz 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.”
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