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If reggae music is the universal cry of poverty, then singers like I Kong embodies the best of its many messengers. He is one of the most clear and shining examples that suffering can cause great art, and be understood and appreciated by the masses regardless where they are on earth. Why he isn't more recognised is just another one of those bitter stories, but the sooner it can be told the better. It was a great difficulty in beginning the piece, where emotions comes in the way of expressing even the most simple ways of introducing one of the most brilliant of talents Jamaican music has produced over the years. Probably because of the greatness of his music, probably because his music has hit home, grabbed your emotions, taken you to a place where you've never been but wish you had, and sometimes you're glad you've never been, either. The message made that all too clear, but you're thankful that you've heard it. I Kong's voice is one of the most delightful you could ever wish to hear. It's such a shame that it hasn't been recorded more. The reasons for this is discussed in this interview, one of very few he has given.

I Kong, the nephew of legendary Beverley's producer, Leslie Kong, was born Errol Kong. He was a founding member of The Jamaicans, a group which also consisted of Martin Williams, Tommy Cowan, Norris Weir, Keith Brown, and Midsie Curry. They recorded one of the most famous rock steady songs, 'Ba Ba Boom', in the late 1960's. After gigging with several bands in Kingston, he embarked on a solo career and cut the all-time classic 'The Way It Is' in 1972, a true sufferer's anthem. I Kong's debut album, titled 'The Way It Is', came out in 1978. It was just recently it saw a reissue on CD, also including a bunch of unreleased dub mixes. It was followed by a new release in over twenty-five years, 'The Forgotten Man', a collection of previously unreleased songs, remixes, and new tracks. My thanks to Errol, George Campbell, Carlton Hines, Russ Bell-Brown, Laurent Pfeiffer and Donovan Phillips.


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