Saturday, 18 April 2009

Jomanda - I Like It 1993

Big Beat Records A8377CD

Jomanda are from New Jersey and comprised of Joanne Thomas, Cheri Williams and Renee Washington. Their 1990 album was a house music affair that delivered several US dance chart hits, including Got a Love for You, which made US #1 in 1991. It also crossed over to the mainstream, peaking at number 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

I first encounted Jomanda during the 'Summer Of Love', courtesy of a blinding House classic entitled Make My Body Rock. It certainly did and when I came across this release, I hoped for another belter. I was in for a bit of a shock. To my surprise, I Like It turned out to be an R&B track. In 1993, they released their second album, Nubia Soul, which was an R&B/Hip Hop joint from which this single was released.

The track play list is perfect though. The Radio Edit introduces you to a great R&B joint. It's followed by the Smoove Edit. Eric 'E Smoove' Miller was the third part of the Chicago Trax team, along with Steve 'Silk' Hurley and Maurice Joshua. His mixes are of the 4x4 variety, walking that thin line between Dance and House. It's good ground in the right hands but the Extended Smoove Club Mix is too cheesey for my liking and the Smoove Edit has nothing to offer at all. What can I say, I'm honest and it's only my opinion?

The Original Mix puts you back in an R&B mood and then up steps Kenny 'Rah-Rah Smoove' Kornegay with his Nubia Soul Remix for an Untouchables Production that gives us that last minute slam dunk. Bam!

  • Radio Edit
  • Smoove Edit
  • Extended Smoove Club Mix
  • Original Mix
  • Nubia Soul Remix
The Download Link is here: Download
Filename: Jomanda.rar Filesize: 35.62MB

Joanne Thomas also went under the name of Yavahn and in 1998 she released a track called Baby You which is one of my (many) all time favourite songs. Sadly, she died in October 2003 after a three year battle with cancer.


  1. I Like It!!
    I also like "Vibes Mix" by Beatnuts.
    Pls. post some other time,if you have it.

  2. thanks for the share, good to hear that again. didn't realized until now that jomanda = yavahn. the fact that she died in 2003 makes me feel sad. and old.

    keep up, great blog!



  3. I've got two tracks from Ruffneck featuring Yavahn - "Everybody (Be Somebody)" and "Move Your Body" -0 I can post them if ya like?

    I didn't know she'd died either - very sad.


  4. Here is my vinyl rip of "Vibes Mix".
    Little scent of underground!

  5. Oh my gosh, I just found my 6 track, green cover 12" but its a bit battle scarred. The lighter petrol is out and a clean up operation is underway. ;-)


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