b. Rohan Graham, 28 March 1969, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. This highly rated young vocalist came from a musical background. His father, Leo Graham, had established a career in the Jamaican recording industry, initially as lead vocalist with the Bleechers and later as a soloist. The young progeny began singing professionally at eight years old when he supported his father on stage. On leaving school Congo pursued a variety of professions before embarking on his musical career. His initial recording session was with Alton Ellis who produced â€˜Bread Winnerâ€™, a song that was never released. Undeterred Congo recorded with a number of producers, including Andrew Nash on â€˜Reggae Journeyâ€™ and Stewart Brown on â€˜Rainy Daysâ€™. By 1995 he was recording with Barry Oâ€™Hare of the X-Rated Crew, and released â€˜Jah Call Themâ€™, which utilised the â€˜Drum Songâ€™ rhythm. Subsequent hits included, â€˜No Peaceâ€™, â€˜Study Garveyâ€™ and â€˜Coconut Chaliceâ€™. The success of these releases resulted in a promotional tour of Europe where he performed alongside the Gladiators, Prezident Brown and Hollandâ€™s Panache Culture. The singer was also a prominent performer on the popular Heathen Chant, mixed by Irie FMâ€™s Mighty Mike. Congoâ€™s career has blossomed since, and he is particularly popular in America. US critics have compared him to a young Burning Spear, Everton Blender, Ini Kamoze and even Nitty Gritty, yet he has managed to create a style solely his own. His critically acclaimed 1997 debut featured his early hits alongside â€˜Travel Eastâ€™, â€˜Love Is Realâ€™, and the sublime â€˜In Americaâ€™, which acknowledged his US devotees. By 1999 his career was firmly established with the release of â€˜Prophecy Fulfillâ€™.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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