Ras Bogle staying in tune
SINCE his years playing in marching bands, singjay Ras Bogle has known the importance of staying in tune. He believes that sense of timing has served him well in his solo career.
"The music come to mi natural yuh nuh 'cause a Rastafari wi deal wid. Wi jus' try keep it positive an' no matter how long it tek, things will happen one day," he said.
He is hoping for things to happen with That Girl Is Poison, his latest song which was recorded with deejay Future Fambo for Global Life Records, on its Slaughter House beat.
Ras Bogle has been associated with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania label since 2008, recording a number of songs including We've Got Love, Stay Far, and Cry Fi Justice.
He is currently working on his first album which will also be released by Global Life.
While most of his recordings have been done for that company, Ras Bogle says his most successful song to date, Woman Of The Year, was done for the local FMS Productions two years ago.
He says another song, Give Thanks Fi Life (produced by 619 Entertainment), fared reasonably on radio.
In his mid-30s, Ras Bogle (given name Hemrick Troy Bogle) is from the Tower Hill area of Kingston but grew up in Portmore, St Catherine. He played trumpet and the bass horn in the St Judes, Tivoli and Magnificent Troopers marching bands before kicking off his recording career six years ago with the song, Shi a Bawl.
His sound is inspired by one of reggae's most talented vocalists.
"Mi love Jacob Miller... dat old school vibes really grab mi," he said.
Ras Bogle's debut album is scheduled for release in the summer.