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More To Life, says singer Mystic Bowie

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer

Thursday, March 20, 2014    

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AFTER years of touring with one of new wave music's most influential teams, singer Mystic Bowie is back in Jamaica promoting his latest single, More to Life.

For the last 16 years, Mystic Bowie (Fitzroy Alexander Campbell) has fronted the Tom Tom Club, which was formed by the husband-and-wife team of Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth, former members of influential American rock band, The Talking Heads.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Bowie spoke about his latest projects which includes an album of reggae interpretations of Talking Heads hits.

Some of the tracks on the set are Psycho Killer, Heaven, Take me to The River and the anthem, Burning Down the House.

The album is produced by Johnny Montganese of Carriage House Studios in Stanford, Connecticut.

The St Elizabeth-born Bowie recalled how he first linked with Tom Tom Club, best known for the 1981 hit song, Genius of Love.

"I was a child performer in the hotel industry and I would also travel abroad. I hooked up with Island Records and met Chris Blackwell who was managing the Tom Tom Club at the time. We kept in touch and when they needed someone to front the band, they reached out to me," Bowie explained.

Originally from the Maroon community of Accompong, Bowie operates the Funky Ska Music label in Connecticut. To date, he has released three solo albums — Funky Reggae (1992), Rebirth (2002), and Nevah Kiss and Tell (2009). His most recent studio project was the EP Sweet Jamaica.

The self-produced More to Life is released on the Funky Ska label. Mystic hopes it receives better response than previous efforts.

"As a Jamaican artiste living in the US, I was never known and I am still not known by many in Jamaica. I get more airplay overseas by the white pop stations than the radio stations here in Jamaica," he said.

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