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The Tidals, creating waves after 40 years

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2010 | 12:00 AM
The Tidals

Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer

After years of working together, they remain together, still standing strong performing the 'good old' reggae music.

The Tidals represent the deep-roots reggae era of Jamaican music. They began their musical journey in the 1960s with three members, Winston Cleveland, Eupert Reid and Aston Pryce, doing their first recording, Rebel Nyah, for Channel One producer Phill Pratt.

In 2000, when Aston Pryce died under tragic circumstances, his spot was quickly filled by Calvin Richards, formerly of the Richards Brothers group.

Having performed together all across Jamaica, with the likes of Winston 'Merritone' Blake and the legendary Fabulous 5, the group has become a close-knit family unit.

"We actually move as brothers because we've been around each other so long. We can easily correct any differences that come up," said Richards.

With a number of new songs such as Hear Me Now, Slow Down and Brown Eye Girl, The Tidals have been performing on a number of live music shows across Jamaica, the latest being in Port Antonio, Portland, where they were well received.

Good debut album

After a good debut album, Great Days, earlier this year, the group released its latest album, Crucial, a 14-track CD filled with the sounds of original reggae music.

"We also had a number-one song, Stand Firm, which was used by Michael Manley in his election campaign," said Pryce.

At the moment, the only thing missing from the equation is airplay as, according to the members, "We need more radio exposure. The little that we get is not enough. Because of the type of music that's popular nowadays, we seem to have to take the back seat."

They did mention, however, that television stations had been rotating some of their videos from time to time, pointing to CVM and Hype TV.

Even after 40 years, the group does not intend to stop doing music any time soon.

According to them, this is what they were born to do - perform Bob Marley's music to all who will listen.