Monday, January 19, 2009

TKA

TKA is a freestyle music group from the 80's and 90's. The original line-up consisted of Tony Ortiz, Louis "Kayel" Sharpe, and Alejandro "Aby" Cruz.

Due to tension between Kayel and Aby, Aby was later replaced by Angel "Love" Vasquez.

The acronym of the group's name represents their initials, but in early interviews, the group said the acronym stood for "Total Knowledge in Action" as well.

TKA was first discovered singing at a Sweet 16 party in 1984 at an East Harlem church. Record producer Joey Gardner was at the party.

After being impressed with the group, Joey helped TKA sign to Tommy Boy Records.
In 1986, TKA released their first single, "One Way Love" which peaked at #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July of 1986, #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in May of 1986, #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #56 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in May of 1986, staying on the chart for 10 weeks.
Their second single, "Come Get My Love" peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in February of 1987 and #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In October of 1987, TKA released their debut album, "Scars of Love" which peaked at #135 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The title song managed to peak at #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in October of 1987 and #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The fourth single from the album, "Tears May Fall" peaked at #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #6 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in March of 1988, and #63 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart in March of 1988, staying on the chart for 8 weeks.
The fifth single from the album, "X-Ray Vision" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in July of 1988 and #30 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The last single from the album, "Don't Be Afraid" peaked at #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in January of 1989 and #47 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
In 1989, TKA released the single, "You Are the One" which peaked at #91 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1989, #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in July of 1989, and #20 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The song was featured on the "Lean On Me" movie soundtrack.
In August of 1990, TKA released their second album, "Louder Than Love" which didn't appear to make the Billboard 200 chart.
The second single from the album, "I Won't Give Up On You" which peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in September of 1990, and #24 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The third single from the album, "Crash (Have Some Fun)" peaked at #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December of 1990, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart in January of 1991, and #10 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The song featured vocals from Seduction's Michelle Visage.
The fourth single, "Give Your Love To Me" peaked at #37 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

The title song was released as the last single and peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October of 1991.

Due to Warner Bros. Records pressuring TKA to sing only pop songs and not knowing what to do with the group, they split up in late 1991, but they continued to perform until October of 1992.
In 1992, TKA's greatest hits album was released and managed to peak at #131 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.
The only single to chart from the album was "Maria" which peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June of 1992 and #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Despite the split, the members of TKA managed to keep themselves busy.

Kayel recorded under the name "K7" and scored a hit song with "Come Baby Come."

Tony formed his own successful production company in New York. Angel was a member of R&B group, Goodfellas.
In 2001, TKA reunited and released their third album, "Forever." The album failed to make the charts and some time after that, Kayel was replaced by Aby.  George Lamond was also a short-lived member of the group.

These days, the current lineup of TKA consists of Tony, Aby, and Angel.

Kayel still performs and tours in nightclubs across the United States and worked as a DJ for New York City's radio station, WKTU.

In March of 2009, he released his second album, "The King's Agenda" which is available on iTunes.

To see a Facebook page for TKA, go to:
https://www.facebook.com/tkafan

To see a fan-made video for "One Way Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNWMlQe8A58

To see a fan-made video for "Come Get My Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ATf1mhVcU

To see a fan-made video for "Scars of Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k1g_l0UYoA

To see a fan-made video for "Tears May Fall," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYv650Ndb6I

To see the music video for "X-Ray Vision," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5MltF-M1qU

To see a fan-made video for "Don't Be Afraid," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzRpA5UkhZc

To see a fan-made video for "You Are the One," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWTUunujiJI

To see the music video for "I Won't Give Up on You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DL1SUqJMDhw

To see the music video for "Crash (Have Some Fun)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7du90xhQAA

To see the music video for "Louder Than Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksCMTwM1E-k

To see a fan-made video for "Maria," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH-ZoUOUKsI



[updated on 09\08\12]

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