Linval Thomas, also known as Ashaka, was born in the Fletcher’s Land
community of West Kingston, Jamaica, an area that has produced a number of
great Jamaican artistes. His music career started 45 years ago as an 18-year-old, but that was cut short after he moved to the United States where he served in the United States Air Force for 22 years and retired as a senior master sergeant. His first song, ‘Bachelor Boy’, was produced by the legendary singer Prince Buster in the late 1960s.
In March 2014, he debuted his single and video titled ‘Reggae Jamaica’ which is an up tempo fusion of reggae, calypso & latin rhythms. He then released ‘Mother’, which is a laid back lover’s rock groove.
To ensure that the quality of his singles met the high standard that he
sets for himself, Linval enlisted some of Jamaica’s top musicians and
backing vocal including, legendary guitarist Winston ‘Bo Pee’ Bowen, bass
player Donald Dennis, Everton Gayle (saxophone), Everald Gayle (trombone),
Hopeton Williams (trumpet), Paul ‘Wrong Move’ Crossdale (keyboard), Dorean
Green (drum) and Congo Billy (Congo’s) for his session at the world
renowned Tuff Gong recording studios in Kingston, Jamaica. Karlene ‘Nina’
Levy provided backing vocals.