It's been a long time coming, but singer Linval 'Ashaka' Thomas will release a live video and reggae single titled 'Reggae Jamaica' from his new EP 'Disrupt' this week in Kingston, Jamaica. All six songs on the EP were recorded, mixed and mastered at the legendary Tuff Gong studios in Kingston, Jamaica.
He started his music career as an 18-year-old 45 years ago, but that was cut short after he moved to the United States. "Is a dream come through. It's reggae an' if Jamaica don't sanction it, it no happen," he said. 'Reggae Jamaica' is the lead track from 'Disrupt' and it has already received air play on RJR 94fm radio Culture Classics program hosted by Chuka and DJ Asadenaki. Most noteworthy, the song was played three separate times on the program that morning.
The up-tempo song is accompanied by a video depicting the singer's return to Jamaica and reveling in the country's natural delights. One can hear the melodic and harmonic fusion of reggae, calypso, salsa, Africana and other recognized textures of music in the rhythm section. The second release from 'Disrupt,' however, will air a month prior to Mother's Day and is ironically titled, 'Mother.' The remaining songs, 'Ishence,' 'Turn Off The Lights,' 'Standing In The Light' and a cover song that Ashaka is tight liped about until the official release of Disrupt, complete the songs on 'Disrupt.'
Linval Thomas was born in West Kingston, Jamaica, an area that has
produced a number of great Jamaican artistes. His first song, 'Bachelor
Boy', was produced by the legendary singer Prince Buster in the late
1960s. He migrated to the US shortly after, serving in the military for 22 years, retiring as a senior master sergeant.
Some of Jamaica's top musicians played on 'Disrupt'. They are guitarist
Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowen, bass player Donald Dennis, Everton Gayle
(saxophone), Everald Gayle (trombone), Hopeton Williams (trumpet), Paul 'Wrong Move' Crossdale (keyboard), Dorean Green (drum), and Congo Billy (congo's). Karlene 'Nina' Levy provided backing vocals.