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In Buena Onda Reggae Club Caribbean music meets Brazilian heritage

I like to listen to bands from warmer countries in the summer. I imagine beach concerts and tropical drinks with umbrella straws. In Poland the heat is already lurking around the corner, we are slowly coming out of lockdown, and only live music will be missing in this puzzle, at least for some time. Fortunately, there’s an album coming to the rescue and although it came out in January, it will be good to listen to in our part of the world right now.

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Freedom Sounds Festival 2020 – new date and line-up

It couldn’t happen in April, so we keep our fingers crossed for September. Ravenous after the first summer without festivals in many years, we will be more than willing to go on a trip to Germany.

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Listen to Steady Social Club’s “Take One” ahead of its official release

The first Polish rocksteady band, Steady Social Club, is releasing its debut album on May 11. On RudeMaker you can listen to this record today!

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The Makeways are feeling good and sharing some new music

As another week of isolation passes, the thoughts of going to a gig become more and more intrusive. Especially, when I listen to records that sound like a preview of enjoyment. The Makeways new EP is certainly one of those.

Chainska Brassika – Shmanny Ska

Members of Chainska Brassika during home isolation recorded a new song encouraging people to dance. In the music video they used recordings sent by their fans.

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Los Aggrios on vinyl

If you’re looking for a decent old-school instrumental early reggae, Los Aggrios from Los Angeles will be a good choice. They recently released their first 45.

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The Aggrolites Live at Sugarshack Sessions

The Aggrolites played a short acoustic show in the Sugarshack Inc. compound. You can listen to songs from this session also on Spotify.

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Victor Rice releases a new album

The previous album, “Smoke” was the first part of a musical trilogy documenting Rice’s attempts to combine rocksteady and samba. The next release containing these experiments will see the light of day in mid-May. Listen to the first single.

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The Uppertones & Friends – musical support for medics

During the pandemic, the artists are not bored at all. They write new songs, broadcast their shows in limited line-ups on social media, or, like Mr. T-Bone, support the needy with their music.

First Polish rocksteady band releases a debut album!

At last! Finally someone in Poland has put together a group focused exclusively on playing rocksteady music. You can read all about it on RudeMaker – who are the members of Steady Social Club, when will they release their debut and most importantly you’ll hear what all this fuss is about.

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Thee Sacred Souls – Can I Call You Rose?

Some time ago we wrote about the new imprint of Daptone Records – Penrose Records, for soul artists from Southern California. One of the bands from its catalog, Thee Sacred Souls, recorded a music video for their single “Can I Call You Rose?”.

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The next big thing is coming from Switzerland

Kalles Kaviar recorded a new album. Will it be as big as its title suggests? Check it out for yourselves.

Dr. Ring Ding & Bongoroll – Stay At Home (Covid-19)

The coronavirus pandemic has affected the music industry in many ways. Canceled gigs, postponed festivals, reduced record and merchandise sales. Isolation forced artists to create creative solutions – now they play for their fans online and write songs about the virus. One of them was recorded by Dr. Ring Ding

We know the winners of International Reggae and World Music Awards 2020!

International Reggae and World Music Awards have been presented for the 38th time. Recognized ska and rocksteady artists received statuettes in special categories.

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The Fanculos – What You See Is What You Get

The Fanculos is a ska band from Mumbai, India. In 2017 they released the “Gangsta TV” EP, and at the beginning of last year their debut longplay “The Fanculos Album”. The five-member band is primarily inspired by British 2 Tone. This is their first music video.

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Retro hits in Jamaican boogie style

Italian trio The Uppertones released a new album. This time the gentlemen took some hits from the 1950s and recorded them again in their characteristic style.

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Polemic feat. Dr. Ring Ding live at Pohoda 2018

If you ever wondered, how a concert looks from the bands’ perspective, watch Polemic and Dr. Ring Ding‘s live video from festival Pohoda.

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Ska and reggae at Mighty Sounds 2020 – FESTIVAL POSTPONED

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on movement and organization of mass events, most music festivals have been postponed to next year. This is also the case with Czech Mighty Sounds festival, which according to the new plan is to take place at the turn of June and July 2021.

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Bad Habit – Budapesti Karnevál

Budapest band Bad Habit is planning to release a new EP this year. Their debut  self-titled album came out in 2017. They promote the upcoming one with a music video for “Budapesti Karnevál”.

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“Dorian’s Going Gray” – The Skapones new single

Do you feel old when you realize that 2 Tone is 40 years old? You’re not alone. The Skapones recorded a song about this.

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Victor Rice: I feel like I’ve taken my place back

It was a very hot edition of the Freedom Sounds Festival, still at Gebäude 9. The organizers opened all the doors, but during the shows you didn’t feel the airflow. Given these conditions, it was good to slow down a bit. Jamaicans came up with this already in 1966, when they turned ska into rocksteady. And that is a genre Victor Rice loves.

Special album to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s debut

“Skapara tōjō”, the first TSPO long-play, with one of the band’s earliest hits, “Monster Rock”, was issued in 1990 by Epic Records. And on the occasion of the jubilee, the Japanese have prepared a special release for their fans.

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Moon Stomper – Stay Rude

In times of the Covid-19 pandemic and limited social and concert activity, we watch music videos more often. Especially those where people have a great time.

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Journey into extraterrestrial orbit with Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics

Read what one of our Readers liked the most about Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics’ debut album.

Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation released a second album

Are you ready for “Trouble”? German band Johnny Reggae Rub Foundation has released a new album and it’s a proper dose of urban ska.

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Rude girls to the front or 7 female-fronted bands we like

The music industry is still a very masculine world. That is why on International Women’s Day we recommend you several contemporary bands, in which women play an important role.

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Chainska Brassika ft. Frank Harper – Simple Things

Do you remember Billy from “Football Factory”? Frank Harper played the part. The British actor guest starred in the new song and music video of the London band Chainska Brassika.

Penrose Records is releasing soul artists from Southern California

The founders of New York’s Daptone Records have an ear for soul music. And because it pulsates all over Southern California, that’s where they launched the new imprint – Penrose Records.

Vespa – Ściemniacz

Polish ska scene was boiling up when last year Vespa announced that their former singer and saxophonist, Alicja will be joining the band again. The lucky ones witnessed her return during the 3rd edition of Gdańsk Ska Jamboree. Others were still wondering if all this was true. Till this day.

Iconic No Sports records reissued after 30 years

Every time I see the slogan “stay rude stay rebel” somewhere, I hear the No Sports song in my head. At the beginning of the year, Mad Butcher Records reissued their EP and debut album on vinyl.