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April 11, 2014
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Kafinal pays homage to ska legend in song

Kafinal - Contributed

Entertainer Kafinal pays tribute to the late ska music pioneer Desmond Dekker with his latest single, Road Tonight. The song is a take-off from the popular Israelites hit single.

The Canada-based singer/actor/comedian who shot to fame with the witty Cooking Dat Pwile (featuring Sambo), is pulling out all the stops on the new single.

In a release to the media, Kafinal spoke about the inspiration behind the track. "For the most part, we wanted to pay tribute to the late, great Desmond Dekker, based on the familiarity in voice and it would have been a good treat to his fans. After going through his catalogue of songs, we decided that Israelites would be the perfect song," said Kafinal.

Kafinal said the decision to sample Israelites was due partly to similarity to melody and instrumentation.

"The vocals matched, and apart from that is the fact that the melody and instrumentation are so unique and catchy. Also, from a historical perspective, it is the first purely Jamaican song to hit the Billboard charts, not to mention that it topped the UK charts for many weeks," Kafinal noted.

Among the producers who worked on Road Tonight are Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on drums; Owen Bassy, Wrong Move and Gizzmo.

Early response to the song has been overwhelming.

"The response has been great and it has been getting a lot of airplay in Jamaica on stations like Irie FM and Hitz 92 FM," said Kafinal.

Kafinal has been busy in the studios working on a number of projects.

Sing N Act Entertainment is the name of Kafinal's label, which will release Road Tonight. The label was inspired by the artiste's love for singing and acting.

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