"A light Caribbean feel and gentle delivery mark...Tounka and Friends: For You Only...straightforward songs...pleasant and personal releases." -- Reggae Update, THE BEAT VOL. 17 #2, 1998
"The vocals are distinctive and the backing vocals are impeccable...Perfect party music and just plain fine music overall." -- Reviews for AMP3.com by Bruce Satinover, 9/99
About the Artist
TONCA is a celebrity in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles, famous for his role in entertainment and politics, spoken through original reggae music in a rockers style.
In 2000, "Committed to Jah", TONCA's latest release, has been chosen for a third Compilation CD, this time by Vitaminic, for inclusion in the mid-April launching issue of Future Publishing's monthly 'Mp3 Magazine' in the UK. It's #1 in the Reggae Charts at FishtheMusic and #3 at MusicBuilder. "My Latin Friend", also from the "Committed to Jah" album holds #1 at MusicBuilder.
At FranceMP3.com, "Take Me Back" from the "For You Only" album was awarded the site's "COUP de COEUR" award on May 6, rising to #1 in the Reggae chart and #4 in LE TOP chart - it's been in and out of both charts since the year 2000 began, including the #1 spot in each.
TONCA writes to communicate his visions of peace and love, his hatred of injustice and passionate concern for the environment and young people, whom he urges to stay in school and away from drugs. He writes to celebrate progress, to expose liars and to give courage.
TONCA & Friends have performed for many years in the Caribbean, both in nightclubs and in outside venues alongside such greats as Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Third World and Bunny Wailer. Even when TONCA's not scheduled to play, he's often invited to jump on stage and contribute to others' shows, such as Friday, March 31, 2000 when TONCA performed with 'Colors' at the open air Hendrikstraat Fair in downtown Philipsburg, St. Maarten, singing an all-time favorite: his own, original "St. Maarten Is Nice" to a very receptive crowd.
TONCA is a proud father of ten. A Taurus, he was born in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, first of nine children. He maintains physical fitness and vitality through daily jogging and swimming, healthy eating and devotion to his beliefs.