Brooklyn-based Brown Rice Family released their music video for their cover of “Latin Goes Ska” in the beginning of the month, but I’m just getting around to posting it now since I’m in a music video posting mood this morning. It’s an interesting cover and they put their own flavor on the classic ska track. The music video is fun and worth watching!
Brown Rice Family is a multi national band with members hailing from Japan, Jamaica, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa and USA. This world roots band normally fuses genres but this time around they just simply fell in love with the “Latin Goes Ska “vibe. The song was originally composed by the Skatalites in Jamaica in 1964. The Skatalites is known for Bob Marley’s first #1 Jamaican hit “Simmer Down” recorded at Studio One.
Now fifty years later BRF decided to rearrange “Latin Goes Ska” and adding lyrics to carry the message of “ORGANIC LOVE”.
In this video the band featured America’s got talent winner Kenichi Ebina, Internationally acclaimed dance teacher/choreographer Pat Hall and her Brooklyn dance community, and horn player from BRF, Isaiah Richardson Jr. who is currently acting on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire where he plays the role of a Jazz musician.
The world is plagued with social and political problems and for this reason most people have lost compassion, organic love, and the acceptance of individual difference. With “Latin Goes Ska” the band uses music and video as a vehicle to spread the message of global solidarity, letting all people know that out of many we are one!
Kenichi Ebina replied when asked about this song, “It’s just a fun song without thinking too deeply, you know? There’s a difference in style in terms of music and dance, but it exists everywhere and universally it touches something very humanly instinctive. I think we’re one step closer to world peace, if we can all enjoy dancing to this kind of music.”