The Congos & Pura Vida 'Morning Star' LP
In 1977 The Congos linked with Lee Scratch Perry at The Black Ark Studio to record their debut album. They made the masterpiece Heart of the Congos and it became one of the best Roots Reggae albums in history. When Blood and Fire reissued Heart of the Congos Bregt “Puraman” De Boever found this album and was struck by the magic and mystic of this album. He began to sing along and was inspired to start his own Reggae band Pura Vida. At the same time he started to build his studio The Lost Ark Studio with the guidance of DJ Crossfire. When Pura Vida’s debut Struggle in the City was released in 2009, Puraman met The Congos backstage at a show in Ghent. They liked the sound and invited Puraman to come to Jamaica. Puraman stayed for 2 weeks with Ashanti Roy in Kingston and the plan for an album was made. One year later “We nah give up” was released marking the birth of the Belgian Roots Muzik label Lost Ark Music. The link with The Congos stayed and Ashanti Roy became the Godfather of Lost Ark Music. He guided Puraman and his brother Maarten to build up the label step by step. Lost Ark Music released 2 albums with Ashanti Roy and Pura Vida Hard Road and Step By Step and Pura Vida did some magical live shows with Ashanti Roy. In 2014 Puraman met his Idol Lee ”Scratch” Perry and they made The Super Ape Strikes Again together. The ark was no longer lost and Puraman moved to a new studio, The Last Ark Studio. Puraman kept on recording with The Congos and plans for a new album were made in 2017. The album is called Morning Star and is a combination of the sound of The Congos and the Pura Vida Sound. It features 6 new Congos songs, 3 songs from Pura vida and a dubversion called Dub Love. The Album has the vintage Last Ark Sound and was mixed the oldschool way using the mixer as an instrument. It features the voices of Roydel “Ashanti Roy” Johnson, Cedric Myton Derrick “Watty” Burnett, Kenroy “Tallash” Fyffe and Bregt “Puraman” De Boever. All the music was recorded at The Last Ark Studio using vintage gear and instruments. There is also a guest appearance by Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, the famous Reggae drummer and Moviestar, wich is one of Puraman’s favorite Reggae drummers..
Catalogue number: LAM006
Label: Lost Ark Music