North East Ska Jazz Orchestra: Jamaican and Caribbean rhythm mixed with the swing big band style

It was one of the largest teams on stage of Freedom Sounds Festival 2018. The North East Ska Jazz Orchestra consists of up to twenty people! They have been playing together since 2012, and set themselves a goal to rebuild the Italian ska scene. In March they released a new, self-titled album, which I talked about with the bassist of the band, Roberto Amadeo, last year.

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40 years of 2 Tone Records on BBC Radio 6

In 1979, Jerry Dammers from The Specials founded 2 Tone Records, the label which name was to become the name of the entire musical genre. Its first single was “Gangsters” by The Special AKA with the self-titled song by The Selecter on side B.

Tom Robinson, host of Now Playing program at BBC Radio 6 celebrated label’s 40th anniversary with Pauline Black (The Selecter) and Horace Panter (The Specials). You can listen to the podcast on the BBC website until the 4th of June.

Eastern Standard Time: Ska has never died

Eastern Standard Time’s concert was from the start on my list of “gigs to see” at Freedom Sounds Festival 2019. In the first days of April the Americans released their sixth album, “Time For Change” and I was curious, how the new material will sound live. I took the opportunity to chat with the drummer and band founder, James McDonald and vocalist, I-Peace Unikue.

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Keith & Tex: Rocksteady set reggae up to be what it is today

Derrick Harriott once said, “Ask any Jamaican musician and they’ll tell you the rocksteady days were the best days of Jamaican music.” Despite its short lifespan, the influence of this genre is not to be underestimated. Keith & Tex, best known for their hit “Stop That Train”, were a part of this new craze.

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Vic Ruggiero: I create a world for myself, where it all works together

There was no indication that RudeMaker would celebrate its tenth birthday in any way. When our good friend Victor Quero wrote that he would like to invite The Slackers to Warsaw, it became clear that this was supposed to happen. After all, users of the Soundcrazy forum, which a few years later  transformed into RM, met personally in Kraków in 2003  at the New Yorker’s concert.

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Susan Cadogan: There’s only one chance in life for everything

– Well, that’s life, when you want to record an interview with an artist. You can’t be everywhere – I thought when I was leaving the Soothsayers’ gig at this year’s edition of Freedom Sounds Festival. Susan Cadogan, a Jamaican singer who was famous in the ’70s with the hit “Hurt So Good” recorded for Lee Perry, was waiting for me at a hotel nearby.

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What would a skinhead want under a Christmas tree – gift ideas

When you’re passing by a ligthened up reindeer while going to work,  you’re hearing “Last Christmas” for the fifth time this week, it’s a sign that it’s about time to get down to christmas gifts. If up till now you still didn’t have time to think about it, perhaps RudeMaker’s gift ideas will help you a little.  These are the things that would make me or my partner happy, from stores I know and where I shop. Nothing in this article was sponsored (that’s a shame).

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Reggae Workers of the World: It’s a really funny creative process

In USA attitude to Jamaican music depends on which coast you live on (or perhaps on how much sun you get during the year). In California musical nerds strip away Treasure Isle and Studio One music to recreate it perfectly. In New York musicians write great songs by intuition or trial & error. From connecting both these worlds Reggae Workers Of The World emerged. Alongside Jesse Wagner from The Agrrolites and Vic Ruggiero from The Slackers there’s also Nico Léonard from The Moon Invaders throwing in his two euro-cents. Their second album “R.W.W. II” was released in May by Nico’s label, Badasonic Records. For this occasion they went touring in Europe.

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Interview: Steady 45s

It doesn’t happen too often to accidentially meet musicians, for whose gig you’ve came from far away. Imagine our surprise, when we stumbled upon guys from Steady 45’s at our hotel’s lobby. It’s not like we’ve ended our day at festival right away and end up at a crazy party in the hallway, but it made much easier to set up a meeting to record an interview at hotel’s dining room. Joe, Eric, Ian, Joe and Tom (who was replacing band’s regular keyboard player during European tour) answered few questions while drinking beer and eating pizza. Have a listen.

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