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This Is Ska Festival 2019

One of the best summer ska festivals in Europe, it’s a well known fact. There’s always a great company there, picnic atmosphere till around 3pm and later on lots of great gigs until late night. Two or, if you’re really interested, even three days of great party in ska, rocksteady and reggae rythms. What more could you possibly want? I’ve been there many times and I’ve seen so many Jamaican legends at the Wasserburg castle, I think there’s no other place like that for me. What This Is Ska promoters prepared for this year? Here are my recommendations.

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Reggae Now! – this summer’s soundtrack

In May I’ve already shared with you my optimistic predictions about new Aggrolites album. Two tracks presented before the premiere allowed me to rub my hands with glee and to prepare my player for some intensive work. The physical record arrived just today, but the truth is I’ve already had it memorized.

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Dr. Cycos – Polish Ska legends on vinyl

This had to happen. Polish Ska legend finally goes into wax. Originally this self-titled album was released as a cassette in 1996. Few years later CD edition followed. Now it lands on vinyl by Oldschool Records and Jimmy Jazz Records celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

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New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble – Break Thru

NYSJE is kind of like a speeding train which races forward for 25 years now without any decelerations. Occasional exchange of passengers doesn’t have any serious impact on the general direction and definitely not on the great reputation of this ska-jazz torpedo. Last Saturday New Yorkers released “Break Thru”, their first studio longplay for eight years. Is there any break through here?

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The Aggrolites – Pound For Pound

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Travelers All Stars debut

One of the best bands I got to know during last few years has finally released a record. Even if we’re only talking about a 45, I still consider it a big event. Energy that this band can put into several minutes tune could be envied by quite a few scene’s veterans with many albums on their accounts.

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Los Apartamentos – Water Di Garden

At the very beginning I must confess, that I actually have no clue about musical genre called mento. It doesn’t change the fact that the Los Apartamentos’ debut album is soo good and it raises so much positive emotions in me, that I feel downright obligated to write a few words about it and encourage you to make a closer acquaintance with it.

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Riverside Stomp XV

I’ve been at Riverside Stomp Festival only once and it was 12 years ago. That’s where I’ve seen Derrick Morgan for the first time and if only because of that I have very fond memories of this event. Mainz is not very close to Warsaw, so during all those years I haven’t been able to repeat my visit, but every year I observe line-ups offered by the promoters with true pleasure. This time it’s also interesting.

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Never Thought – Renaldo Domino, Lone Ranger and xRobBlack

We like this kind of premieres. Polish reggae producer xRobBlack sends his instrumental to an american label Happy As A Lark. Guys from Chicago say they need a strong soul vocal here and they recruit a legendary falsetto of Renaldo Domino for this project. To make things even more fun they add Lone Ranger’s toasting to the set. And that’s how “Never Thought” song and its alternative version „Think Again!” were born.

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Daptone Records goes ska!

Yes, you’re seeing this right. Brooklyn based label known for promoting such fantastic performers as Charles Bradley, Sharon Jones or above all The Frightnrs this time decided to bet on the classic 60s ska sound. Since yesterday you can preorder “Lover Like Me” 7″ vinyl by Leon Dinero and The Inversions.

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The Aggrolites – Reggae Now!

There aren’t a lot of bands which had such a huge impact on contemporary reggae scene as The Aggrolites. You could say that their 2003 album “Dirty Reggae” was actually a new opening and started a whole wave of bands inspired by dirty funky early reggae sounds. Countless tours all over the world, five next releases and.. 8 years of break. Now they’re back and we’ll be able to judge the quality of this return on June 24th.

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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.

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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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Top 5 concerts at Freedom Sounds Festival 2019

To say that Freedom Sounds is a great festival is not enough. Before we tell you exactly what happened during the memorable last weekend of April in Cologne, Magdalena prepared her Top 5.

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Freedom Sounds Festival 2019

It’s only few days left till 7th edition of Freedom Sounds Festival. We’ve written many times that this is probably our favourite recurring event in ska, rocksteady and reggae rythms. Spring indoors festival in Cologne, Germany has definitely earned this name. We’ve been there three times already and each time it was simply perfect. The bar is set very high but this year’s lineup allows to expect new record results.

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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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Mad Caddies – I’m Going Surfing for Xmas

California ska-punk band Mad Caddies has a musical gift for the fans for Christmas.

Reel Big Fish – Life Sucks…Let’s Dance!

One of the best American ska-punk bands returns with a new album. Yesterday, Reel Big Fish released the first LP of brand new material in 6 years. 

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DiscoBalls – Fly

A few days ago DiscoBalls have premiered their new “Fly” videoclip, and you can check it out above. The song is the preview of the band’s new album. Previous album – “Dance like nobody’s watching” – was released in 2014. For now, DiscoBalls has recorded four songs, the rest is planning to record in the spring of next year.

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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).

Grammy 2019 nominations for Best Reggae Album

On December 7, The Recording Academy (formerly the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) announced a list of nominations for the Grammy Awards 2019, including for the Best Reggae Album.

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Malambo Ska Band debut EP out now

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.

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KoNoPiAnS – Bangoraa

Here’s a new clip by Konopians. Song is surely not a very fresh one, it comes from “Mental Skataklism” album released 4 years ago. Yet, it’s still very nice, sweet reggae. Check it out while waiting for some completely new material.

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SKAcowani – 500+

SKAcowani is a Polish band from Cracow and they have a St. Nicholas Day gift for you. It’s a new song and lyrics video. You’d think it’s a nice and jolly occasion, but what they’re singing about touches some serious social topics. 500+ is a name of Polish government’s controversial program granting monthly finantial help to families with kids. Anyway, enjoy.

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The Uppertones – 3 on 1 EP vol. 2

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.

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Yellow Umbrella – The Weasel

If you’re planning to make use of the winter season and spend some time on the slopes, Yellow Umbrella has a perfect soundtrack for you. A song from “Hooligans Of Love” album recorded two years ago just got a brand new snowboard video.

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Freedom Sounds Christmas Ball #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.