With their formation in 1964, The Skatalites Band changed first Jamaican, and then world music, forever. We are incredibly proud to present a show on the band's 50th Anniversary Tour at Queens Social Club this autumn.
Having worked individually as session musicians in Jamaica before the formation of the band, original members of The Skatalites backed the top singers of the day, including Toots and The Maytals, Delroy Wilson, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Stranger Cole, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe and Jimmy Cliff, to name but a few.
By bringing together the top musicians and styles of the time – fusing Boogie-Woogie Blues, R&B, Jazz, Mento, Calypso, and African rhythms – the band were instrumental in the creation of the first truly Jamaican music: ska.
2014 marks the band’s 50th Anniversary year – an amazing feat considering the hardship and obstacles both the band and its various individuals have had to deal with! With founding members Lester Sterling and Doreen Shaffer, The Skatalites continue as one of the rare original exponents and torchbearers of Jamaica’s signature sounds. The creation of ska – father of rocksteady, and grandfather of reggae – gave us the fundamental rhythm, spirit and infectious groove now set to reverberate around the globe for an eternity.
JUNGLE LION are a 12-piece ska and reggae band with huge energy and stage presence. With five singers and seven horns, they have a power and authenticity to their sound that harks back to the early days of ska.
They've played alongside The Wailers, UB40, Toots & the Maytals, The Beat, The Toasters, and Macka B, and rocked venues all over the north of England.
The Indecision creates their uniquely flavoured music with ideals (and love) firmly rooted in 1960s ska and rocksteady ideology. The British eight-piece combine elastic up-tempo rhythms along with a few narratives of life; the happiness and heartaches and the triumphs and troubles it brings, to create an energetic, purposeful sound to pick up your feet to.
Plus tunes before/between from Cool Beans' Head Honcho Arnivore.
Sunday 23rd November
Queens Social Club, Sheffield