Tribute to Garnet Silk

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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SINGER Anthony Cruz is in the final stages of recording an album as tribute to Garnet Silk.


Cruz, who is a nephew of the late singer, says the set hears him covering 15 of Silk's songs including Mama, Seven Spanish Angels and Nothing Can Divide Us.


"I am really enthusiastic about this project as he (Garnet Silk) had a great influence on my music style," Cruz told the Jamaica Observer.


The album is produced by Courtney Cole, whose Roof International label was a key player in Silk's trans-formation from sound system performer to mainstream hitmaker.


Garnet Silk, whose real name was Garnet Smith, had a brief but remarkable run in the early 1990s.


He recorded a number of hit songs for various producers, including It's Growing, Mama Africa and Lion Heart.


He was one of the leaders of the roots-reggae renaissance in Jamaica 20 years ago.


Silk was working on an album for Atlantic Records at the time of his death (in a fire at his mother's Manchester home) in December, 1994. He was 28 years old. Like Silk, Anthony Cruz is from Manchester. His most popular songs are Half Way Tree and a cover of Santana's Maria Maria.


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