Pura Vida’s frontman Bregt De Boever (Puraman) met The Congos in 2009; when the Belgium based collective’s debut, “Struggle In The City” was elevating the atmosphere. The Congo’s Ashanti Roy (Roydel Johnson) and Puraman instantly hit it off and the rest is history. Ashanti Roy has been largely impactful in the progress of Pura Vida’s “Lost Ark Studio” and label; a bond that continues to this day. The label’s debut release was Pura Vida & The Congos’ “We Nah Give Up (2011), a masterpiece that initiated other classics. Lost Ark Music continued their productions with Zion vision. Two Ashanti Roy collaborations ensued; “Hard Road” (2012) and “Step By Step” (2014). During this time, Bregt and crew relocated to Last Ark Studio with further success. Courtesy of Roydel, Bregt linked with Lee Perry (a huge inspiration) and released a mighty album with The Upsetter in 2015. Ever active, Pura Vida ignites the stage (w/Congos/Ashanti Roy/Lee Perry) and creates Royal music with solid Pura Vida sets; Pura Vida & Bleue-Into The Blue” (2017) and numerous projects in the works. The Belgium-JA connection is strong….
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