The Selecter & Ska Cubano @ Koko
No strangers to London’s biggest stages, good old Ska Cubano are up to their rowdy antics in January, even set to appear at the Destinations travel show later on, but first up they’re buddying up with the illustrious The Selecter for a massive night!
And it’s no wonder Soundcrash are happy with themselves for putting this night together – check out what they had to say about the whole shebang…
This January come and join Soundcrash in Camden’s glorious noise-cavern called KOKO for a Ska and Reggae Winter feast, with more than 30 years of the finest musical heritage represented by a whole host of movers, shakers and legends!
2-tone legends The Selecter celebrated the 30th anniversary of their seminal debut album ‘Too Much Pressure’ this February and are deservedly regaining their place at the top of the Ska revival pile. Known for their jumping up-beat tunes, driven by founder guitarist and songwriter Neol Davies, The Selecter have enjoyed prolonged fame thanks mainly to the continuing interest in Ska music from generation to generation, and such classics in their catalogue as ‘On My Radio’ and ‘Too Much Pressure’. Join us in a celebration of this musical institution in their biggest London show in years, in which The Selecter will be playing classics as well as some EXCLUSIVE previews of new material.
London-based cool cats Ska Cubano formed in 2001 when singer Natty Bo visited Cuba with the idea of ‘creating an alternative history in which Cuban Ska had emerged’; combining the irresistible Ska half-step with ultra-cool Cuban chords and croons was never likely to fail! The current formation combines musicians from both Cuba and Jamaica, as well as Japan, Monserrat and London, including 3 members of Top Cats. Since then Ska Cubano have toured the world, played at festivals including WOMAD and Glastonbury, and their third album, ‘Mambo Ska’ released earlier this year, has received international acclaim, described as “A blast – a raucous, riotous, irresistible blast…high octane party and festival music of the first order” and has led to them repeatedly selling out the Jazz Cafe.
Reggae Roast has been running since 2007 and has steadily built up a reputation as being one of the most vibrant monthly Reggae events in London, with the Reggae Roast Sound System in high demand at clubs across the UK including regular sets at Fabric, spreading their message of conscious roots music and positive vibes. The last 12 months have been a roller coaster ride for Exel, Moodie & Ramon Judah, with a guest show on David Rodigan’s Kiss 100fm broadcast and multiple DJ bookings across the UK showing off their freshest mix of Roots, Dub, Digi-Roots, Dancehall and Dubstep.
One of the most highly regarded reggae acts in the UK right now, Resonators are proof that the spirit of the original roots sound is alive and well, bringing a modern, fresh edge to the scene.
After releasing their self-titled debut album in May 2010, with mixes from highly respected producers Nick Mannaseh, Richie Phoe and Darren Nations Vibrationsthey have received radio and club support from the likes of David Rodigan, Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2) and Jstar. Resonators have gained a reputation for high energy and uplifting live shows, now enhanced by producer/engineer Darren Mathers on the desk, allowing the band to create fully live dub on stage.
Count Skylarkin stumbled into DJing in the late 90’s after his mixtapes proved a hit with customers at a South London cafe. The lauded DJ, promoter, garden shed enthusiast and all-round dapper dan behind Skylarkin’ Soundsystem, an hour in the company of the Count guarantees jumpin’ jivin’ rockin’ swingin’ reggae, ska, soul, dancehall and rhythm & blues, aching feet and grins all round.
• The Selecter (live)
First 50 people through the door will receive a free Ska Cubano CD!