Chalawa was formed by John Forbes and
Alex King in 1975 to back up touring reggae artists in the
then-lively Toronto reggae scene, but the success of their instrumental
albums Deepest and Darkest and Exodus Dub soon catapulted
the group into the spotlight. This was followed by the hit instrumental Hop Skip and Jump, a chart-topper in Europe.
DEEPEST AND DARKEST Recorded in 1975 at Springfield Sound in London Ontario Canada, featuring the rhythm section of Dopey Smith (drums) Leroy (Heptones) Sibbles (bass) Pete Weston (congos), Dick Smith and Mike Balm on sax and Trombone with John and Alex.
EXODUS DUB Recorded 1976 at Kink Sound, Toronto Canada, this album featured John on bass with superstar drummer Anthony (Benbow) Creary on drums and percussion. This dub classic remains in production and is still charted on many college 'dub radio' programs.
THE FIRST TEN YEARS Released in 1978, this
album mirrored the Chalawa stage show. Featuring the vocals of Stranger
Coleand The Callander Sisters,this album was
recorded at Sound Canada, The
Grange and Kink Sound with John and Alex sharing arrangement
and production duties as well as performing on keyboards, piano, guitar,
organ and percussion.
HOP SKIP AND JUMP Released in 1979 following the hit single 'Hop Skip and Jump', this album was distributed in Canada by Generation Records and featured tracks compiled from sessions at Springfield Sound, Sound Canada, The Grange and Kink Sound.
CAPTURE LAND Recorded at Sound Canada
and Kink Sound and released in 1979, this compilation from the Chalawa
Crew features Stranger Cole, The Callander Sisters, Johnny
Osbourne and Collie Smith on vocals.
You can reach John by phone at: 905 885-1502 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org