Pucka Kayuba on the right track

Saturday, August 25, 2018

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Since he began recording over 30 years ago, journeyman singer Pucka Kayuba has painstakingly searched for a winning combination. For his fifth album the soft-spoken artiste says he has finally found that elusive formula.

Mental Revolution is the tentative title of his latest collection of songs, scheduled for release in early 2019. It is co-produced by Chalice guitarist Wayne Armond, keyboardist Dennis “Jah D” Fearon and keyboardist/engineer Barry O'Hare.

Work on the album began late last year, with 13 songs completed to date. Kayuba, whose last album World Chaos came out in 2014, said the sessions have been fruitful.

“Working with Wayne, Jah D an' Barry is a totally different experience. It tek mi to greater heights, 'cause mi singing, writing better,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Kayuba describes his latest work as “a few love songs, but mostly message for the world”. Those songs include Mental Revolution, I'll Do Anything and If I Only Believe, which were recorded at the studios of the three producers.

Like his previous albums, Kayuba handles most of the writing.

Armond and Fearon are established musicians and O'Hare is a well-known engineer. Armond is best known for his work with the group Chalice, but has also toured with Jimmy Cliff and compiled a solid resume as a session musician.

Fearon recorded at Studio One early in his career and worked with acts like Culture and Edi Fitzroy, while O'Hare has impressive credentials as an engineer/producer with Burning Spear, Diana King, Steel Pulse and Jack Radics.

Kayuba previously worked with Armond and Fearon, but not as producers.

Born Barry Liston in Annotto Bay, St Mary, Kayuba has been recording since the 1980s. His first album, Impulse, was released in 1993, followed four years later by Mission and Peace And Love in 2003.

As part of his new direction, Kayuba is not rushing to get Mental Revolution on the market. He is prepared to leave that decision to his producers.

“Working with new producers change mi whole outlook, so wi continue with di work an' leave that up to them,” he said.

—Howard Campbell

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