New York’s own reigning kings of freestyle
Featuring 6pm Freestyle Dance Class with Conrad Rochester
TKA is a representation of the initials of Tony Ortiz, Louis “Kayel” Sharpe and Angel “Love” Vasquez, three New York City born and bred freestyle pioneers of Puerto Rican descent. They were originally discovered while singing at a sweet sixteen party, and signed to the Tommy Boy Records label. Their first single together, “One Way Love,” was a huge hit in NYC’s Latin club circuit, as well as in Chicago and Miami. The style kept flowing freely with their next hit single “Come Get My Love.” Both of these tracks were featured on their debut record, 1987’s Scars of Love, along with “Tears May Fall,” “X-Ray Vision,” “Don’t Be Afraid” and the title track. Spreading their reach to an even broader audience, their single “You Are the One” was part soundtrack of the 1989 film Lean On Me, and reached #91 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1990, TKA moved in a different stylistic direction, with their album Louder Than Love, which featured a smoothly produced R&B jam “I Won’t Give Up on You.” Next they verged into a hip hop house hybrid sound, with singles “Crash (Have Some Fun)” and “Give Your Love to Me.” As the freestyle movement began to dissipate, TKA released a Greatest Hits collection album in 1992, before they each pursued solo projects. Yet the old friends joined forces once again in 2001, with the release Forever. After that, original member of the group “Aby” Cruz replaced Kayel, and the band has been touring again, promoting their latest album, 2016’s Love Goes On.