7pm Doors + Club Ska DJ
7:30pm Bless’ed Roots
8:30pm The Ska-talites
* timings are approximate
Direct from Jamaica – The Originators of Ska, Rock-Steady & Reggae
The Skatalites began performing in Jamaica in 1964. The band became legendary, backing all the developing artists of the day, such as Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and The Wailers featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. These groups were all recording on the new beat called ska, which had an infectious rhythm that was catching on like wildfire. Eventually, the beat slowed down into rocksteady, and then reggae. This wildfire spread unstoppably around the world, developing into a huge musical tree with many stylistic branches, including lovers rock, dub, dancehall/ ragga, ska-punk,, and others.
Since reforming they have not stopped thrilling audiences in every corner of the globe. Even after more than 50 years, and various lineup changes as members leave one stage for another, the band continues to perform and record new music in the inimitable Jamaican style, like only they can.