Chalice still blazing

Chalice still blazing

Working on 30th-year album

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer staff reporter

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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CHALICE, the Jamaican reggae band formed in 1980 and with its name derived from a smoking pipe, is currently working on a 30th-anniversary album.

This is according to band manager Henry 'Sadiki' Buckley Jr, who told the Observer at the group's performance at Redbones Blues Café in New Kingston on Friday.

"For Chalice right now, what we are doing is pretty much working on an anniversary album. This anniversary album is going to encompass 30 years of Chalice's music. So we are going all the way back to even some of the original cuts of the songs and actually taking some of those songs and redoing them," said Buckley, who did an opening solo act.

The seven-man aggregation of Dean Stephens (lead vocals), Wayne Armond (guitar/vocals), Ervin 'Alla' Lloyd (keyboards/vocals), Donald Waugh (lead guitar), Jerome Tulloch (keyboards), Patrick Anderson (drums) and 'Papa' Keith Francis (bass) was at its best.

The group's performance included hit songs such as It's Good to Be There, Dangerous Disturbances, Trapped, Revival Time, A Song A Song, I Still Love You, Walking To Somalia.

During his stint, Buckley — who has been singing professionally for approximately 20 years — delivered Love Mood, Your My African Queen, All Over The World and Santa Claus.

"We have Tarrus Riley on one of the tracks. We have Ernie Smith on another. We also have Tanto Metro and Devonte on the project, as well. We just sent one to Tanya Stephens for her to do one with Chalice," he continued, in relation to the album.

"I manage the band (Chalice), but I have my solo career as well. I've been singing about 20 years and I have an album that came out last year with Joe Fraser Records called Lifeline. The album came out in September of last year. It went to number two on the New York and South Florida Top 30 Reggae charts. The song You Are My African Queen actually went to number one this year on the BBC chart," said the Jamaica-born, US-based Buckley, who toured with Beres Hammond as opening act for a number of years. His father is the late Henry Buckley Sr, who wrote the song Silent River Runs Deep for Judy Mowatt.

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