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Kafinal salutes Dekker

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By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer

Thursday, April 17, 2014    

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SINGER Kafinal pays tribute to reggae pioneer Desmond Dekker with his latest song, Road Tonight. It is inspired by Israelites, Dekker's 1968 international hit.

The Canada-based singer/actor is best known in Jamaica for the 2004 song Cooking Dat Pwile, on which he teamed with Sambo.

Kafinal says he recorded Road Tonight to honour Dekker and help keep his legacy alive.

"For the most part we wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Desmond Dekker, based on the familiarity in voice and it would have been a good treat to his fans. After going through his catalogue of songs, we decided that Israelites would be the perfect song," he explained.

Among the musicians who worked on Road Tonight are famed drum and bass team of Sly and Robbie, and keyboardist Paul 'Wrong Move' Crossdale.

Sing N Act Entertainment, Kafinal's label, will release the track.

Dekker started his career in the early 1960s as a ska singer. With producer Leslie Kong, he had numerous hits including (007) Shantytown and Israelites.

The latter made the Top 10 pop charts in Britain and the United States. Dekker died in 2006.

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