The Congos Biography

THE CONGOS: Reggae's living legends have been producing conscious, roots music for 3 decades. Formed in 1975 by Cedric Myton in Kingston, Jamaica during the golden age of reggae. Original members include Cedric, Watty Burnett, Lindberg "Preps" Lewis, and Roydell Johnson.

First produced by legendary producer Lee "Scratch" Perry, they recorded their classic first album "Heart of the Congos" in the famous Black Ark recording studio. That album (recently voted greatest reggae album of all time on the Internet!) lay shelved for more than 20 years-victim of a money dispute between Chris Blackwell and the record company. "Heart of the Congos" contains many reggae classics like "Row Fisherman Row" and "Congoman" and has recently been re-mastered and re-release on the Blood & Fire label.

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 with English Beat manager John Mustyn and secured a deal with Arista to record the album "Face the Music" in Jamaica.

Temporarily relocating to the states in the 80's, The Congos continued to record and tour, spreading their Old Testament Rasta Vibes all throughout the United State. The Congos have headlined all of the largest reggae festivals including Reggae on the River, Reggae on the mountain, New England Reggae Festival, Reggae on the Bay, Camp Reggae, and many more.

Today, (with the help of Mike Cacia and Yvonne Myton) The Congos are still very active on the tour circuit and are celebrating the new millennium by releasing a much anticipated Congos anthology called "Lion Treasure" which chronicles the best works of this legendary group. The CD will include some previously unreleased versions like "The Feast of the Passover" and "Music Maker" recorded in the 70's featuring the horns of the late, great Tommy McCook of the Skatalites.

CEDRIC MYTON: The founder and heart of the Congos, started at a young age producing great music. At age 16, Cedric was the leader of the Tartans (Cedric, Devon Russel, Prince Lincoln Thompson, & Preps), who recorded "Dance all Night", a number one hit in Jamaica.

In 1975, along with Lincoln Thompson, Cedric formed The Royal Rases and recorded the album "Humanity" on the United Artists label. Later that year, Cedric formed the Congos.

In 1976 Cedric was the center of great controversy after being captured and brutally trimed (cut his long dreadlocks) by police at a road block. He was returning from a Nyabingi gathering in Bull Bay, Jamiaca. The brutality against Rasta began to diminish greatly after Prime Minister Michael Manley had a meeting with Cedric and Yvonne, and singed a declaration against such violence.

Cedric's famous falsetto voice and endless creative energy has lead the Congos into Reggae's hall of fame. The unique vocal abilities of Cedric has created a patented "unearthly" sound that is unmistakable and sought after by roots reggae fans worldwide.

In addition to his work in the Congos, Cedric was also part of famous groups English Beat, General Public, and The Fine Young Cannibals. He toured for a spell with Eglish Beat and helped record their "Wah Happen" album. He has toured and blessed crowds throughout the globe with his powerful vibes, angelic voice, and cultural and biblical messages. He has recorded over 10 albums in his long career (8 with Congos) and has headlined some of the biggest shows in reggae history.

In addition to a prolific musical career, Cedric has been blessed with his wonderful wife Yvonne (she has co-written much of the Congos music, including songs on "Heart of the Congos") and a big family (Daughter Isheba also sings w/ Congos).

Latest Music News

more news headlines »

Featured Links