TONCA -
Roots Reggae
This album includes a tribute to those who died for peace: "For Those Of You".
Track Listing: 
Amigo Con Nos
For Those Of You
You, Mustang Sally
Don't Touch Tomorrow
Kiss, Kiss, Kiss
Happiness
Take Me Back
Who Told You To?
Sign Off
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REVIEWS


Bruce Satinover, AMP3.com, Cyberspace

Score: 5 [out of 5!] *****

It's hard not to like reggae music, it's just so friendly. And you will not dislike "Take Me Back," a well produced, radio-ready tune. The vocals are distinctive and the backing vocals are impeccable. The rhythm section is dead on, which is very important in reggae music. The horn arrangement is a nice melodic hook and never intrusive when in a background mode. Simple synthesizer timbres are used which add flavor to an infectious song. TONCA & Friends are ready to play auditoriums and arenas although I'd like to see them at a outdoor festival. Perfect party music and just plain fine music overall.
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Chuck Foster, 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.
 
Souljah, Reggae Vibes Online, Netherlands

Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3 Backing : 5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

This is another album from St. Maarten's Tonca (here still spelled Tounka) and his musical Friends, and is another treat, I found the vocals less impressive than on 1988s "Jah Jah Will Unite Us", but don't know why, it might be in the mix/production, it's just a feeling.

Some more lovers' tunes, a few more covers, but still strong original and conscious tracks featured, and all lyrics are also this time provided in the booklet. The opening track "He Had You Hung Up" is a cover of the Bobby Bird song, set to a more poppy sounding but very fitting reggae riddim. "Amigo Con Nos" is a track heavily influenced by the Spanish Caribbean sounds, sounding very friendly, with again prominent horns and a wonderful piano sound, but serious lyrics 'We have strived so hard and so long for this land that we love, but it is in the hands of some clowns', perhaps the strongest track of the album . The horns are again very firmly on the foreground in "For Those Of You", a moving tribute to those who died for peace.

"You, Mustang Sally" is a strong song about aids, and the false accusation 'it's from blacks'. "You Hurt My Feelings" is a cover of an Otis Redding's song, and is I think less suitable for Tonca's voice. The next song is an upful message, in which all falls again in exactly the right spot. "Kiss, Kiss,Kiss" is a very pleasant love song, in which the horns again lay some very nice accents. "Take Me Back" is another song that is strong, but profits from the horn song to reach a higher region, a great plea to a girl to be taken back, with very good female backing vocals. "Who Told You To?" is aimed at the superpowers 'Who told you to get involved, who told you to police the world', over a strong riddim, with again great horns and backing vocals.

The cover of Elton John's "Sun Going Down" was a very pleasant surprise, this really is a wonderful rendition, which in opinion could climb pop charts, without sounding like a cross-over song, pure musical goodness. "Sign Off" is an instrumental with a wonderful relaxed vibe (and yes, it does feature the horns as soloists). I do believe Tonca is easily able to grab your attention with this album, so check it out and get the other albums too.

Souljah
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