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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.

Italian Covid Ghost Town 2020

Ghost Town in Italian? I honestly didn’t see that coming while browsing through musical novelties on YouTube yesterday night. Statuto crew couldn’t even suspect how up to date their cover will be on its release day, when they were recording the song in fall.

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.

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Polish 90s ska legends are back!

They were supposed to never play again, but after ten years they decided to come back. Skankan, one of the pillars of Polish ska, reactivated. They’ve already played several concerts and are planning to release an album. Here’s the story.

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The Bartenders – Tańcz i Klaszcz

I’ve heard several times that Poles can’t clap to the beat. In my experience, other nations also have some problems with this. Perhaps The Bartenders’ new song will be the cure for this condition. Watch the music video!

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Claude Fontaine: reggae and bossa nova

The history of this album is very charming. Here is an American living temporarily in London. One day she finally enters the record store, which she passes by every day on her way home. And because it was not a completely random store, after passing the threshold the American finds herself in a completely different world.

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Win Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics record

Check how you can win the Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics vinyl record.

Badasonic Records – Belgian label worth keeping an eye on

When you want to release a record that sounds too soul for some and too reggae for others, you don’t have many options. You can opt-out and switch to black metal, try some DIY methods or start your own label. The creators of Badasonic Records decided on the third option.

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The Tellways – ska and rocksteady from Detroit

Are you looking for a pleasant soundtrack for a lazy Sunday? Check out some fresh blood from Detroit – The Tellways.

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This is the line-up for Freedom Sounds 2020 – FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on public events, concert and festival promoters are forced to cancel or postpone them. The Freedom Sounds Festival, scheduled for the end of April in Cologne, found itself in the latter situation. The promoters set a new date – 4/5 September and announced the first bands – The Bluebeaters and Kalles Kaviar. We will inform you about the new line-up as soon as it is confirmed.

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Jesse Wagner & The Badasonics: Soul music is what got me into reggae and ska

Plenty of stars play at Freedom Sounds Festival, but usualy the artists listed slightly lower on the event poster cause my heart to beat faster. That was the case with Jesse Wagner & The Badasonics. After a great gig we had an opportunity to talk a little – listen or read the interview.

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The Uppertones: Jamaican boogie, that’s what we do

The Uppertones are coming back to Poland! Next week, with a refreshed line up and maybe also with some new songs, they will play in Poznań, Warsaw and Gdańsk. On this occasion, we want to take you back in time to last spring, when Mr. T-Bone and company visited us last time.

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Short Movie About Skanking

A week ago, nine years after shooting, “Short Movie About Skanking” had its premiere. What piece of work is that? – you might ask. Collaboration of Polish pioneer of punk rock and reggae, Robert Brylewski and cinema first of all brings to mind “Polskie gówno” (“Polish shit”) from 2014. Meanwhile, around 2010, Robert left his mark on musical and, as it turns out, also cinematic climate of Sosnowiec, city known for its dynamic ska and reggae scene.