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 GÇÿBread WinnerGÇÖ, a song that was never released. Undeterred Congo recorded with a number of producers, including Andrew Nash on GÇÿReggae JourneyGÇÖ and Stewart Brown on GÇÿRainy DaysGÇÖ. By 1995 he was recording with Barry OGÇÖHare of the X-Rated Crew, and released GÇÿJah Call ThemGÇÖ, which utilised the GÇÿDrum SongGÇÖ rhythm. Subsequent hits included, GÇÿNo PeaceGÇÖ, GÇÿStudy GarveyGÇÖ and GÇÿCoconut ChaliceGÇÖ. The success of these releases resulted in a promotional tour of Europe where he performed alongside the Gladiators, Prezident Brown and HollandGÇÖs Panache Culture. The singer was also a prominent performer on the popular Heathen Chant, mixed by Irie FMGÇÖs Mighty Mike. CongoGÇÖs 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 GÇÿTravel EastGÇÖ, GÇÿLove Is RealGÇÖ, and the sublime GÇÿIn AmericaGÇÖ, which acknowledged his US devotees. By 1999 his career was firmly established with the release of GÇÿProphecy FulfillGÇÖ.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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