TKA

TKA

Real Name:
Tony Ortiz, Louis Ramon Sharpe, Ralph Cruz, Angel Vasquez, George Garcia
Profile:
Tony Ortiz (aka "O"), Louis Ramon Sharpe (aka Kayel or K7), Ralph Cruz (aka "Aby"), Angel Vasquez (aka Angel "Love"), George LaMond (real name: George Garcia).

TKA stands for Tony, Kayel and Aby (later, Angel).

In early 1985, Latino vocalist Louis Sharpe (aka Kayel) submitted a rap demo to producer Joey Gardner at Tommy Boy Music. Gardner rejected it, but agreed to hear Kayel –along with friends Tony, Aby, and "Spider"– sing Kayel's ballad "Scars Of Love" over rap instrumentals at a birthday party in an East Harlem church basement. Gardner was impressed, and also happened to meet The Latin Rascals –members Tony Moran and Albert Cabrera– at the same party.
Envisioning a possible Latin disco version of Planet Patrol, Gardner brought all six musicians into the studio to record a rough demo of "Scars Of Love", and encouraged the group to generate a buzz by playing various free shows in the summer of 1985. Soon after, they were signed to Tommy Boy, and released "One Way Love" as their first single. One month later, Spider was voted out of the group. For a short time, female singer India was a member of the group, and at some point, Aby departed and was replaced by Angel Vasquez.

Under pressure from Warner Brothers to record only relatively accessible pop songs, and unsure of what direction to take as a group, TKA decided to split up in late 1991, but continue performing until October 1992. Kayel began recording as K7, Tony created the artist management and production company TPR Productions, and Vasquez cofounded R'n'B trio Goodfellaz, which released an album in 1997 called "Goodfellaz".

Following a reunion concert in 2000, TKA reformed and released an album of new material in 2001, "Forever". In 2003, Angel was replaced by George LaMond, and the trio of Tony, Kayel and LaMond made themselves available to tour, performing TKA and George LaMond hits, under the name TKG. In 2005, former member Ralph Cruz, under the name Aby, released an album of new versions of TKA hits.
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TKA Discography

Albums

TKA Scars Of Love (Album) Tommy Boy US 1987 Sell This Version
TKA Louder Than Love (Album) Tommy Boy Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
TBCD 1502 TKA Forever(CD, Album) Tommy Boy TBCD 1502 US 2001 Sell This Version
TKA Love Goes On (The Album) (Album) The Committee Records US 2016

Singles & EPs

TKA Come Get My Love (Maxi) Tommy Boy US 1986 Sell This Version
TKA One Way Love (Maxi) Tommy Boy Canada 1986 Sell This Version
TKA Tears May Fall (Single) Tommy Boy US 1987 Sell This Version
TKA Scars Of Love (Single) Tommy Boy US 1987 Sell This Version
TKA Don't Be Afraid (Single) Tommy Boy Japan 1988 Sell This Version
TKA X-Ray Vision (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy US 1988 Sell This Version
TKA You Are The One (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy US 1989 Sell This Version
TKA I Won't Give Up On You (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy Spain 1990 Sell This Version
TKA Give Your Love To Me (Maxi) Tommy Boy US 1990 Sell This Version
TKA Featuring Michelle Visage TKA Featuring Michelle Visage - Crash (Have Some Fun) (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy US 1990 Sell This Version
TKA Louder Than Love (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy US 1991 Sell This Version
TKA Maria (Maxi) Tommy Boy US 1992 Sell This Version
IS-12-1036 TKA / Naughty By Nature TKA / Naughty By Nature - Maria / O.P.P.(12") ISBA IS-12-1036 Canada 1992 Sell This Version
TKA Feel The Music (Single) Tommy Boy Silver Label US 2001 Sell This Version
NMP-1001 TKA Set It Off(CD, Single, Promo) Nene Musik Productions NMP-1001 US 2010 Sell This Version
TKA La Verdad (Yo Soy Boriqua) (Single) Blue Ink Music US 2011
TKA Featuring Cynthia TKA Featuring Cynthia - Let's Get It (Todd Terry Mixes) (Single) In House Records US 2014
TKA Live My Life (Remix) (Single) WITD US 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

TKA Greatest Hits (Comp) Tommy Boy US 1992 Sell This Version

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freestyle12

freestyle12

October 15, 2015
As I was getting ready recently to attend the Freestyle Explosion concert at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, I asked a friend who has been involved in the freestyle music industry for many years who knew the details of the show who would be in TKA for this concert as they have changed lineups at times. The reply back was “There is only one TKA and that is with frontman K7. K7 is TKA.” I have to agree there is NO TKA without K7 / Kayel. K7/ Kayel was the lead vocalist on just about every song of the TKA catalog and is an amazing artist and talent. It was great news to learn K7 / Kayel would be the frontman for TKA for this show. The concert was amazing from beginning to end. Every group and performance was amazing ! I attended the first Freestyle Explosion concert in CT and this one was just as special. TKA was one of the last groups to perform !!! Simply AWESOME and the highlight was the performance of “Louder Than Love”.
redblooded

redblooded

January 18, 2015
The greatest Freestyle group of all time.
freestyle12

freestyle12

April 4, 2014
TKA is regarded by many freestyle fans as the best male freestyle group of all time. I agree as they had so many great songs over the span of many years beginning way back in 1984. I got to see them perform live many times. They never disappoint. I have a number of 5X7 and 8X10 photos of the group as well and when I met Aby several years back he signed the picture cover of their record for me. The music of TKA never grows old. I highly recommend the music of TKA !

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