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King Shark moves towards the light

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior writer

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

It has been just over four years since his first album was released, but singer King Shark says he was not twiddling his thumbs in the interim. He took time ensuring the follow-up would be of the highest standard.

Walk in The Light is the name of the second album which was released January 8, bearing the seal of Montego Records, the company King Shark started in the 1990s.

“Well, it's been a long time I've been waiting to put something out in the universe to make people happy and for them to listen to for the rest of their lives,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Walk in The Light contains the title song and horn-laced Love Revolution. It is consistent with the roots music King Shark was influenced by as a youth, and which he has recorded since the 1990s when he started his career.

“It has conscious words to show love and blessings to each other, because that is what the world needs right now,” he said.

Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, King Shark recorded some of the songs for Walk in The Light at Tuff Gong studios in Kingston with a cast of musicians that included his childhood friend, guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith, saxophonist Dean Fraser and drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace.

King Shark (real name Alphonso Henclewood) and Smith grew up in Greenwich Farm, Kingston, which had a thriving music scene throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He was inspired by the productions of homegrown producer Bunny Lee, whose stable of artistes included John Holt, Johnny Clarke and Cornel Campbell.

Last year during recording sessions at Tuff Gong, King Shark described the pending album as “the best project I've ever done”, in terms of production.