Erasto delivers 'Tek Away' on Hardrock Riddim


Erasto.jpgWhen Donald Fyffe a.k.a Erasto got fired from one of his chef jobs a few years ago, he did not hang his head in despair. No, that would not fit the fighting spirit of this young warrior, he pressed on with his life, until eventually finding the path towards music, his first true love.

"My baby mother Roxanne has been very supportive, she strengthen me, and encourage me to get into the music business if I loved it so much," he said.

Born on the 7th day of February 1976, in the parish of St. Mary Janaica W.I at the Annotto Bay Hospital, this young man was re-christened Erasto by a female admirer who thought it best represented his personality. The word, African in origin, means "Man of Peace".

"I'm a peaceful and humble person. Music has always been a major influence on me from my younger years in school listening to artistes such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown. As of late, Sizzla and Richie Spice have also lent me their musical influences".

"During the many times that I listened to these artistes, I've had a keen interest in becoming a musician myself." says the self-effacing singer. "I started to attend Donovan Coal's music class to develop my musical skills. That is where I met my mentor and friend, Ras Handsome. Ras Handsome had his own record label, Donsome Records, Ltd. He encouraged me to start my own record label as well." Erasto's first recording was done at Black Scorpio Recording Studio on the "Life Journey" riddim under BoBo Productions/Donsome Records. That song was entitled "Future of Tomorrow".

"My main inspiration is to make music that the whole world can rock to; music is my biggest love, and I know that rastafari is the way because my main inspiration was always Bob Marley. I couldn't rass when I was younger because of my parents, and because I realize I had to uplift myself before I say it owing to the pressure on rasta and all that. But ah rastafari mi a say now," he said.

Artistes such as Jado, Jah Mason and Ras Handsome feat. Dr. Marshall is also featured on the riddim. There is also a medley video (Life Journey Medley) which includes all of these artistes. The Life Journey Medley video is presently enjoying rotation on television channels such as CVM-TV, RE-TV, Plush TV and others.

"One of my greatest experiences was on my second project at Tuff Gong Recording Studio. Why? It was a great pleasure to work with such legends as Dean Fraser and Sly Dunbar where they created a live riddim around my song." Erasto states.

The rhythm is named "Hard Rock" and song is entitled "Tek away". "Tek Away" was produced by Ras Handsome.

Recent accomplishments for Erasto have included several radio station interviews, including the world-renowned Baby Ace Radio station with DJ SKS. In October 2006, Erasto has also achieved the coveted status of "Artist of the Week" on Jamaica's Zip 103FM.

Big things are destined for Erasto in 2007, who is now working his own record label, "D-Rock Productions" under "Donsome Records Ltd".

"Ah just honour and respect me ah experience from the people, I feel good because now mi a live up for something. It can only get better, we intend to grow," he said.

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