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TOK the world's greatest dancehall-reggae boy band

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The New York Times hails the reggae/R&B infused harmonious quartet as “the world’s greatest dancehall-reggae boy band.” Unlike reggae dancehall crooners of yesteryear, Xavier “Flexx” Davidson, Craig “Craig T” Thompson, Alistaire “Alex” McCalla, and Roshaun “Bay-C” Clarke – the crew of 20 something Kingstonians collectively known as T.O.K. - don’t need to hunt down the right Stateside hybrid to take their music worldwide.

Raised on MTV, BET, and hip-hop culture, the members of this quartet aren’t strangers to the spotlight from media powerhouses like the above. T.O.K. was included in MTV’s first “Advance Warning” (a prestigious nod to up-and-comers) and appeared on the very first season of BET’s “106 & Park,” well before any dancehall artists graced that stage. Now returning with their sophomore album, Unknown Language, the quartet merges dancehall, R&B, hip-hop, and Jamaica’s sound system into their own natural blend. “The inspiration for our album title comes from just wanting to take the group and dancehall music to another level,” explains Bay-C. "We want to capture the world with our music.

T.O.K.’s hit single, Fire, Fire produced by Dane “Fire Linx” Johnson has already captured the dance floors. The Dancehall/Soca anthem, the riddim and chant of “fire, fire” vocals that repeat on the high-energy track will leave even the most rhythm challenged person dancing in the aisle. “We didn’t start the fire, but we keep it blazing,” offers Flexx.

Still raising 'booyakas' on dancehall floors is Gal You Ah Lead, produced by Bobby Konders. The song was listed in Blender Magazine’s “Top Songs of 2004” and is currently in rotation in nightclubs from coast to coast. T.OK. experiments with the reggaeton sound on She’s Hotter, featuring Miami’s own, Pitbull, and links with the bombastic one himself, Shaggy, on Deja Vu.

T.O.K. has many facets, and the group’s softer side is revealed beautifully on the ethereal-sounding Footprints (When you Cry), a tribute song written by Alex and Bay-C for Alex's brother who was killed by a stray bullet June 2003.

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Comments (4)

 

Zyph:
Posted by Zyph | July 13, 2007 11:33 PM

Love their music. It's the shizzle!



Zyph:
Posted by Zyph | July 13, 2007 11:33 PM

Love their music. It's the shizzle!



Christian:
Posted by Christian | May 28, 2008 12:27 PM

What happened to the song Deja Vu? It has disappeared off of the grid of music everywhere. I heard in on XM's the Joint but I am unable to locate the song on sites or the original CD it was released with; Unknown Language.



alfonsin vambe:
Posted by alfonsin vambe | February 22, 2010 11:39 PM

you guys are the best,having following your music since 2001.



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