TONCA -
Roots Reggae
This autobiographical album has some great reviews - title track "Committed to Jah" has been included in several compilations.
Track Listing: 
Committed to Jah
My Latin Friend
Save the Environment
Stay in School
The Strangest Dream
Hooray! Hooray!
You Betrayed Me
Suppression of Music
How Can You?
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
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REVIEWS


Jabulani Nyathi, WHRW 90.5FM, Binghamton NY

"Committed to Jah" Has a Song for Every Reggae Fan. If you enjoy love songs, spiritual songs or hearing a song that features a singer and then a DJ rapping over the rhythms, then Committed to Jah is your pick. The title track and Suppression of Music are my topmost picks on this Album. All in all this album, with Tonca's very unique singing style, takes reggae music to higher heights.


Chuck Foster for Reggae Update, The Beat Vol. 17 #2 1998, Los Angeles, CA

A light Caribbean feel and gentle delivery mark Tonca's Committed to Jah and Tounka and Friends: For You Only. You'll feel like you're plunging into the warm waters that surround St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, where these discs come from as you touch up the straightforward songs like "Stay in School" and "Save the Environment" of the former and "Your Feeling Is Mine" and "Amigo Con Nos" of the latter. Reggae seems to touch every portion of the world and Tonka--or Tounka--reaches back and touches us through it on these pleasant and personal releases.


Josh for Reggae Music Reviews, RastaMon Times Vol 4, Issue 30, Milwaukee, WI

Tonca begins this vibrant album with the autobiographical "Committed To Jah", which details his personal trials at an early age. The title track explains that although his tribulations have been great, Jah has guided and kept him humble. "Stay In School" is plea to the youth to, "Stay I say, stay I say! Don't let it bother you now to hear me say without an education they will cut off your pay, but if you are lucky like I heard some folk once say, it's al about money so earn it the right, rightful way.

Committed To Jah is an upfull album which includes songs of thanks and praise, love ballads and mighty testimonies on such issues as the suppression of music, and saving the environment. Tonca has a positive Reggae sound which reflects a rich musical vibration of his hometown in St. Maarten. Buy this album if you enjoy conscious Reggae..


Souljah, Reggae Vibes Online, Netherlands

Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 5

This is the latest album from St. Maarten's Tonca and his musical Friends, and is his best so far, it is the natural progression for someone who has a recording career of at least nearly a decade. Some lovers' tunes, only one cover, and strong original and conscious tracks featured, and all lyrics once again provided in the booklet.

The opening and title track is an example of further progression in the direction already displayed on the earlier albums, horns and backing vocals being tighter than ever, and again an example of Tonca's songwriting abilities. "My Latin Friend" is a ballad again proving Tonca is as much at ease with lovers' tunes as with conscious riddims. Both songs following are clearcut messages over a pleasant backing, leading to the poignant "The Strangest Dream" about oppression and the support of amongst others NATO for some oppressors, over a very strong backing. Then the joyful sounds of "Hooray ! Hooray !" follow, and noone can resist dancing to this tune I think. "You Betrayed Me" is another (lost) love song, and the strongest of these on all 3 Tonca albums reviewed.

I do believe Tonca is easily able to grab your attention with this album, so check it out and get the other albums too. It is a compliment to Tonca that the next two originals are both in the same strong style as the previous tracks on the album, and that the closing cover version of "Nobody knows ..." is a good version, but I think less strong than all 9 songs preceding it. This latest release is by far the best Tonca album I heard, and is an album that should be obtained by all lovers of reggae music reading these pages.

Souljah
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