Malambo Ska Band is a 2-Tone band formed in 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. So far, their songs could be heard only on two compilations issued as part of The Specialized Project (“BOSS” i “Dance Crazy“) and on the compilation “Solo Como Un Hongo” by Argie Pop Records.
The Uppertones is an italian trio with famous vocalist and trombonist Mr. T-Bone as a leader. As they are known for quite extensive touring, there’s a good chance you’ve already heard their mix of jamaican R’n’B, calypso, mento and ska. Besides all those gigs guys sometimes decide to visit the studio. Latest effects of that kind of activities are three songs released on a 45. Continue reading “The Uppertones – 3 on 1 EP vol. 2”
It was quite some time ago when Freedom Sounds advanced in my personal festivals ranking to the very top, pretty much number one actually. I’ve had a pleasure to visit Cologne in spring for three consecutive years and every single time I was amazed by perfect organisation and magnificent lineup. Now under “Freedom Sounds” banner Pete and his crew are making a second edition of christmas ball in ska, rocksteady and reggae rhytms, which is definitely one the most interesting propositions to spend good time during pre-Christmas period.
In the middle of Russia, behind Ural mountains, actually almost on border between Europe and Asia, lays a fourth biggest city of the country, Yekaterinburg. Looking at its location, it’s not so hard to think out, that temperatures below 40 degrees Celsius below zero are nothing surprising to anyone there. But that’s exactly the place, where one of most meaningful russian bands playing music originating from sunny Jamaica was formed. I’m talking about Lollypop Lorry here, and there’s a very good reason to mention them right now. Yesterday they’ve released a brand new album titled “Ural Station”.
Do you remember the fantastic early reggae Christmas single from Roger Rivas & the Brothers of Reggae released in 2015? He did it again! Roger returns with two instrumental hot shots of early/skinhead reggae.
UNESCO, the cultural agency of the United Nations, annually adds new entries to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Last weekend was gonna be great and I knew that way before it started. First Gdańsk Ska Jamboree was already fantastic and for its second edition promoters planned so much great bands from abroad, that it was even remotely imposssible to imagine, that something could go wrong.
This year, the German band Yellow Cap celebrates its 20th anniversary. On 30 November, the band’s jubilee album will be released by one of the most famous European ska label, Pork Pie.
Jamaican ska and reggae musician, singer and songwriter Floyd Lloyd passed away at the St. Ann’s Bay hospital on Tuesday, November 6. He was 70 years old. An artist’s representative told Urban Islandz:
He was sick for a while but didn’t make it public so the news may come as a shock to his fans.
Another legend passed away. Founder of The Melodians died yesterday at the age of 77 years. He was the last living original band’s member.
If you haven’t already had an occasion to make yourself familiar with Skank Ranger activities, the upcoming premiere of his new 7″ is your perfect chance. This time the hero of this text has got down to a polish hc-punk classic – “Kolory” (Colors) by Post Regiment.
British 2-tone icons The Specials have announced their first album of original material in two decades. The band will release the new LP called Encore on February 1st, 2019 via UMC/Island.
Encore will be the band’s first album of new material since 1998’s Guilty ‘Til Proved Innocent!. The lineup for the band on the Encore is Lynval Golding, Terry Hall and Horace Panter, along with drummer Kenrick Rowe and guitarist Steve Cradock. It’s the first time that founding members Panter, Golding and Hall have recorded together since 1981’s UK number one single Ghost Town.
There’s not a lot of events in Poland, which you could proudly call a ska-festival. During the years there were a few initiatives of that kind, but usually they weren’t able to stay for its second, and surely not the third edition. In this context what looks extremely optimistic is Gdańsk Ska Jamboree. Its second edition is gonna take place this weekend.
Last Sunday in Poland we celebrated the 100th anniversary of regaining our country’s independence. That’s the perfect occasion to launch upon the high, international seas and to showcase our website to the rest of the world. During last 10 years we wrote most of our content only in Polish. For the last few months on our Facebook profile you could see that we’re trying to change it. From today the fully english version of our website will be available on RudeMaker.com domain. We’re gonna do our best to put all our articles in english here.
On this important moment I’d like to make a good welcome and show you a very subjective list of ten cool and meaningful songs by Polish artists, which, you could say, created or still are creating a ska/rocksteady/reggae scene in our country. Get to know a piece of our Polish musical history.
It’s the release you don’t want to miss. Junior Thomas aka Thomas McDowall was born in Minneapolis. After moving to California, with help of musician and producer Brian Dixon he formed a 10-men band The Volcanos and devoted himself to recording beautiful, melodic tunes refering to the golden era of rocksteady. In effect in 2005 an absolutely perfect album “Beware” was created. After three years guys went with the punch and on October 18th “Rockstone” came out.
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.
Swedish ska band The Statement will release a new single entitled ”The Backseat Driver” in exactly 1 month. A follow-up on the EP ”Checking In” (2017) and a taste of the forthcoming album (scheduled for 2019).
Sentimental Moods is an instrumental ska band from Jakarta, Indonesia. They’re formed in 2009 and released 2 LPs, 4 EPs, and singles. On 13th October, 2018 (International Cassette Store Day) the band – in collaboration with Doggy House Records – released EP “Sentimental Moods feat. VOCALS”. EP was released in physical form only on the cassette.