Ras Bogle reconnects
Ras Bogle

This year has been a quiet one in terms of released songs for singer Ras Bogle. He plans to make up for lost time with Love Connection, scheduled for release today.

The dreadlocked artiste vows to go all out promoting the single, which is produced by Ray Yard Records.

"Any weh music play, wi a guh play it. Radio, inna plane, inna di dance, di club, or di kids treat. Any wey music play," he said.

Ras Bogle, whose real name is Hemrick Bogle, had a busier 2021 with the release of three songs. His best-known single is Woman of the Year, released in 2011.

With Love Connection, he is looking to top that effort.

"Wi want it guh straight a number one. Dat's something every artiste dream about," said Ras Bogle.

The wiry vocalist is from Olympic Gardens, an area that has produced a number of dancehall acts, including Early B and Admiral Bailey. As a youth he remembers rubbing shoulders with aspiring artistes before they made it big.

"Wi used to see Shabba Ranks ride him bicycle inna di community. Some time him walk from Villa to Compound. Beenie Man, wi see him from youth days. Wi see dem struggles before dem get big, suh dat inspire wi," said Ras Bogle.

Unlike his musical heroes, his recording career never started in gritty Olympic Gardens or neighbouring Waterhouse. That came in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, where his first song Stay Far was produced by Global Life Records.

That label also produced Woman of the Year.

Howard Campbell

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