TOK comes of age

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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TO mark their 15th anniversary, dancehall quartet TOK has released a three-track EP entitled Taking Over.

Produced by XCAR Records, an acronym based on the initials of the members first names, the set was released on Tuesday.

"This EP is to whet the appetite of our fans, as we intend to put out an album, Taking Over, next summer," Xavier 'Flexx' Davidson told the Sunday Observer.

In addition to the title track, the EP contains Good Good and We Bring the Party.

Davidson said the proposed project will boast some new sounds.

"The album will be about 10 or 12 tracks. It will feature a little EDM (electronic dance music) and African sounds mixed with dancehall, but not drifting away from what we are," he said. "With the new sound, we intend to capture the Caribbean and American markets." The other members of the group are Craig 'Craigy T' Thompson, Alistaire 'Alex' McCalla, and Roshaun 'Bay-C' Clarke.

A party is also planned at the Famous Nightclub in Portmore, St Catherine, as part of the celebrations.

"This is something we had to do. We have to celebrate with the people who supported us all through the years," said Davidson.

Emerging in the 1990s as a teen group, TOK managed to beat the odds and stay together.

"When we started out, it was hard for persons to accept our sound and what we were coming with. A lot of other groups were doing renditions of popular songs, but we were coming with originality," he said.

"It took a lot of prayers, but all of us have the same goals. We may have different ways on how we would want to achieve it, but we managed to keep it together."

Their hits include When Eagles Cry, Chi Chi Man, Gal You Ah Lead and Footprints.

In fact, Footprints was the group's American crossover hit. The music video for the single also premiered on BET's 106 & Park.

Davidson outlined the plans for the next 15 years.

"We will be broadening the entire scope. In addition to recording music, we will be promoting more shows, reality series and managing more artistes," he said.

-- Simone Morgan

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