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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 & Fire reissued Heart Of The Congos, Bregt "Puraman" De Boever found this album and was struck by its magic and mysticism. 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 two 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 musik 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 two 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 is planning new releases.
The album is called Morning Star and is a combination of the sound of The Congos and the Pura Vida Sound. It features six new Congos songs, three songs from Pura Vida, and a dub version called "Dub Love". The album has the vintage Last Ark Sound and was mixed the old school 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. There is also a guest appearance by Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, the famous reggae drummer and movie star, one of Puraman's favorite reggae drummers.”