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Ashaka

There is absolutely no slow-motion in the forecast for this artist/producer. His latest project, 'Bilar (Dance)', is an original, hypnotic, Reggae-Latino song that transcends language barrier and compels its listeners to dance. Listen now on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AAYY4NrKCg. Download it at Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bilar-dance/id924219176?i=924219195. Linval Thomas, aka, Ashaka, was born in the Fletcher's Land community of West Kingston, Jamaica, an area that has produced a number of great Jamaican artistes. His music career started 45 years ago as an 18-year-old, but that was cut short after he moved to the United States where he served in the United States Air Force for 22 year where he retired as a senior master sergeant. His first song, 'Bachelor Boy,' was produced by the legendary singer Prince Buster in the late 1960s and was later covered by Keith & Text. Linval covered The Righteous Brothers, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and subsequently secured a guitar rendition of the same song from legendary guitarist Winston 'Bo Pee' Bowen. Both rendition, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by Ashaka and "Bo's Guitar, That Lovin' Feelin'" by Bo Pee, were released September 2014 on Linval's label, Ramjam Records and published by his company, Chanters Music Publishing (ASCAP). To date, the songs have been aired on Irie FM, Bess FM, and Roots FM, in Jamaica; on KDHX 88.1 FM radio in St. Louis, Missouri, USA; and most recently, Unilag 103.1 FM radio in Lagos, Nigeria. Linval returned to Kingston, Jamaica, his place of birth, December 25, 2013, and the rest of the story is 'Reggae Jamaica'. In an interview on January 27, 2014, the Jamaica Observer newspaper dubbed his return as 'Linval Thomas set to Disrupt'. Clearly exited about his future in the industry, he said 'Is a dream come through. It's reggae, an if Jamaica don't sanction it, it no happen'. In March 2014, he debuted a single and live video titled 'Reggae Jamaica' in Kingston, Jamaica. A month later, he released a second single titled, 'Mother'. 'Mother' is a laid back lover's rock groove, while 'Reggae Jamaica' is an up tempo fusion of reggae, calypso, mento, salsa, Latino, African, and other easily recognized genres of music in the rhythm section. Linval's 'Reggae Jamaica' video was featured on Communication Variety Media Television (CVM-TV) in Kingston, Jamaica, and can now be viewed on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGvKxSwVBP4. 'Reggae Jamaica' as well as 'Mother' continue to received plaudits - 'we want more' - and continue to receive generous airplay. In September 2014, Linval was interviewed on Bess FM radio by Real Rock Dj Steve James in Kingston, Jamaica. The interview is posted at Linval's official web site: http://www.ashakamusic.com/interviews. To ensure that the quality of his singles met the high standard that he sets for himself, Linval enlisted some of Jamaica's top musicians and backing vocal including, legendary 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) for his session at the world renowned Tuff Gong recording studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Karlene 'Nina' Levy provided backing vocals. Linval's 2014 CD singles are from his upcoming full-length album, 'Disrupt', scheduled for release in 2015. In the interim, preview and download Ashaka's songs at Apple iTunes, Amazon MP3, 24/7, CD Baby, Tradebit, Great Indie Music, Google Music Store and others. For additional info contact Steve James @ semiyah93@hotmail.com or LinvalThomas @ linval@ashakamusic.com.