An astounding encounter between a 70’s Jamaican legend and a deep rural based Jamaican collective of artist, I Kong meets the Tabernacle Posse embodies on I Kong’s vow of “pass it on”. This eight track showcase album was recorded in St. Elizabeth Jamaica by Shaquille “Skunga” Kong son of I Kong and grandnephew of reggae pioneer Leslie Kong and in house musician Damar “Jah Keyz” Marshall and accompanied on special occasion by ranking guests like Felix “Dub Caravan” London based musician & producer on synthesizer an guitars, Cyprus Dub chemist Med Dred on melodica and Canada’s Jah Servant on percussions.
The powerful rhythm section and the melodic richness blending immensely with I Kong’s compelling voice comes together to form a whole, crucially mixed by the said international guests at their respective studios with vintage analog gears from the stores the dub versions tells. Through I Kong meets the Tabernacle Posse, I Kong visits various topics that matters to him and are relatable to fans. This accomplished album is a continuity of his 1979 album The Way It Is and its predecessors.
Errol Kong, nephew of the famous producer Leslie Kong (Beverley’s Records), starts his career at the beginning of the 60’s with the group The Jamaicans. He then sings with Yabby You’s Prophets, as well as for the producer Lee “Scratch” Perry under his first artist name Ricky Storm, with Bunny Rugs, future Third World’s singer, forming together the duet Ricky & Bunny.In 1972, he records his hit tune The Way It Is accompanied by the Inner Circle musicians, before releasing his first album in 1979. Genuine roots gem, vinyl-lovers have been craving for it until VP repressed it in 2006. He then recorded a second album in 1982, Africa Calling, in Switzerland at the occasion of his exclusive visit in Europe. At the same time, he is songwriter for Max Romeo. He especially has written Poor Man’s Life and Take a Hold.
His tone reminding at times Prince Lincoln, at times Bob Marley, but which is nonetheless unique, and his one-of a-kind voice where emotions and sincerity mingle to form an exceptional universe will leave no one in different. As he likes to recall: “I am a man who sing from my heart”. I Kong meets the Tabernacle Posse will be released on April the 22nd in China an Asia an April 26th worldwide by Db Bros Records on all digital formats, a vinyl release date hasn’t been set as yet.
Skunga Kong – Producer of the album