King Shark to make waves with albumTuesday, March 20, 2018
By Howard Campbell
FOR most of his formative years in the St Andrew community of Greenwich Farm, Alphonso Henclewood was inspired by singers Slim Smith, Delroy Wilson and John Holt. There was little doubt that music would be a big part of his life.
Henclewood, known as singer King Shark, was in Kingston last week for his most ambitious recording sessions to date. He assembled a crack team of musicians to cut tracks for an album he hopes to release this year.
“This is the best project I've ever done. Before this, is either the money never right or the mix not good. But this time, things work out,” he said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.
Walk In The Light and Love Revolution are two of the songs he recorded at Tuff Gong studios with saxophonist Dean Fraser, keyboardist Bowie McLaughlin, drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace and guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith, who Henclewood grew up with in Greenwich Farm.
The songs have a sound similar to the music he was weaned on during the 1970s.
“Roots and culture, straight up. These are spiritual songs that people need to hear,” said Henclewood, who operates Montego Records out of New Mexico.
The label released his first album, Crucial Time, in 2014. It also distributed compilation albums with the songs of artistes from Greenwich Farm.
With hometown producer Bunny Lee the dominant figure, Greenwich Farm was one of Jamaica's hot spots in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Lee produced hit songs by Slim Smith, Wilson, Holt, Johnny Clarke and Cornel Campbell.
Henclewood was also close friends with singers Earl Zero and Prince Alla, stalwarts in the seafaring community, but one artiste stood out for him.
“The man who had the biggest influence on me was Slim Smith. He had this voice...it was just different from everybody,” he recalled.
His upcoming album will be distributed by Montego Records.
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