Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
Intent on reclaiming their spot as one of Jamaica's most prolific groups, TOK made great headway after delivering a stellar one-hour set at the Behind The Screen series at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records on Tuesday.
After a brief hiatus from the Jamaican music scene, the group made every effort to quench the musical thirst of fans in attendance.
TOK had, in a previous article, explained their absence from the scene, chalking it up to the nature of a previous recording contract.
Although there wasn't a long line leading into the venue, fans were certainly not disappointed. Eager fans applauded as the group hit the stage with one of their earlier singles Money to Burn.
TOK had audience members dancing and singing along to uptempo songs including Toppa Toppa, Gal You Hotta and Gal You a Lead.
The group which consists of Alex, Flexx, Bay C and Craigy T, was engaging throughout, and the receptive audience could not get enough.
LADIES LOVE BAY C
Bay C's voice was definitely a hit with the women, who screamed "I love you, Bay C" every time he took the mic.
After delving into some of their older songs, TOK segued into one of their newest, Bubble Low.
"The ladies have been waiting for us to do a song fi dem bruk out, so we a drop a new ting fi dem bubble low," Flexx told the audience.
The 'rude bwoy' section was up next and even though the warlord, Bounty Killer, was not in attendance, TOK gave a rousing and militant performance of the collaboration Man a Badman.
They also paid tribute to Jamaica's 50th anniversary by performing a cover of Eric Donaldson's This is the Land of My Birth, before moving into Man a Yaadie.
Raising the issue of domestic violence, TOK implored audience members to let their voices be heard and take a stand against it.
There was a more sombre tone to the set by this time, TOK finding favour with Friends For Life.
With their warm, personable stage presence, TOK also excited the audience with No Man, Solid as a Rock and Footprints.
Craigy T took time out of the set to promote the group's charity foundation which educates individuals about diseases such as hypertension.
"I had to change my lifestyle because of a heart issue. So I started eating better, etc., and now I've been off medication for over a year. We've been doing a lot of work with golden age homes to promote healthy lifestyles through our Guardian Angel Foundation," Craigy T said.
Sliding with apparent ease from track to track, the momentum of the performance gradually kept building.
It was the slow sounds of their newest track, The Voice, a song which laments sexual violence meted out against women and children, which got one of the biggest responses, though.
After TOK left the stage, audience members called for more and the group willingly obliged by returning to perform some of its monster hits, including