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Live:Tonahope”Hopeton Smythe” & Anthony Sangie Davis

2 May 2017 Blogroll


Sangie Davis, real name Anthony Horace Davis, is a reggae songwriter and producer whose masterpieces include Bob Marley’s “Wake Up and Live” and Sophia George’s “Girlie Girlie.” His involvement with Marley apparently also led to a handful of original songs that were never recorded as well as an A&R position for Davis at the Tuff Gong label. The aforementioned Marley song title came from an advertising sign on a building in Jamaica. “Girlie Girlie,” an enormous hit for George, was extracted fresh from one of his own mother’s critical comments. Apparently after seeing him hanging around with a pack of schoolgirls, Mrs. Davis asked “How you so girlie girlie?” Davis claims to have finished his song a brisk ten minutes later. In addition to songwriting and production, this artist has contributed both guitar stroking and background vocal touches to various reggae sides since the early ’80s.

Hopeton Smythe Born in Hanover, Jamaica, and while enjoying a happy childhood the true roots of Rastafarianism and reggae music were instilled in him. Hopeton loves to sing and always wanted to be apart of a band, In 1996 he started a band and over the years was forced to change members, and the band name, finally in 2012 they became “TONAHOPE” with members Gustavo”Guss”Velez(keys), Elazar Benjamin(bass), Travis Townsend(drums), John”Bodi”Black(Guitar), Frank”Cisco”Martines(Percussions) and last but not least Ms. Kariymah Jones(vocals)…Despite enduring life’s hardships, Ton-A-Hope, through perseverance writes songs and melodies developing there own music and style. In 2012 They released their first album with tracks like “JAH Never Leave Us”,”Going True” and “Where is the love” to name a few songs from the 10 track debut album.

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