Artist / Title : Daweh Congo - Steppin / Dubstep
Label : Goldheart Music      Format : 7" single      Date : January 18, 2005
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)

Artist / Title : Daweh Congo - Ganja Baby / Version Ganja
Label : Goldheart Music      Format : 7" single      Date : January 18, 2005
Rating : (1 to 5 stars)


Since the release of his debut set "Militancy" (RUNNetherlands) in 1997, Rohan "Daweh Congo" Graham - son of veteran reggae singer Leo Graham - has built a substantial underground following amongst roots fans with a string of great if hard to find 7" singles and a couple of critical acclaimed albums. Even though his off-kilter chanting vocal style and ever conscious lyrics have seen him compared to veteran rootsmen such as Burning Spear, Sylford Walker or Pablo Moses, the powerful singer has a unique vocal style. Daweh Congo's brand new two 7" singles are produced by Jonahgold and released on the Goldheart Music label from Stockholm, Sweden. "Steppin" is performed over slow paced, rock flavoured roots riddim, which incorporates the notable electric guitar playing of Zilver Zurf. Daweh's vocal delivery, the decent lyrical content and the haunting backdrop make this solid tune worth of hearing. With "Dubstep" on the flipside we are treated to a fine dub version of the vocal track. "Ganja Baby" (co-produced by Desmond Foster) carries a completely different, but interesting mood. Vocally Daweh Congo is in good shape again. The backing track emphasizes on the tabla-like percussion, which gives it a strong North Indian feel. The lyrics deal with love and weed, but fail to make a serious impression. The same goes for "Version Ganja". It's a nice instrumental piece, but a more dubbed up effort would have been more interesting.
In all, "Steppin" and "Ganja Baby" are the kind of tunes that will surely please his many fans.

Teacher & Mr. T.