The Skatalites have announced tour dates for the UK in November. The band continues to tour in support of their new album “Platinum Ska”, which was released on Island Empire Records. The album features the final recordings of Skatalites drummer Lloyd Knibb, who recorded his contributions to the new album before his passing. Besides tour dates in hte UK, they will play a show in France and Italy before heading to the UK. If you don’t own the new album, get it here.
The Skatalites new album “Platinum Ska” was mixed in Mali and includes guest appearances by legendary Malian musicians Assaba Dramé and Madou Sidiki Diabaté. The album features 9 original songs and a complete set of dub remixes done by Malian musician and producer Manjul. The album also features tributes to trombone player Rico Rodriguez on the track “Requiem for Rico”, and Jennifer Lara with a new version of the classic rocksteady song “Consider Me” with the vocal stylings of Doreen Schaffer.
The Skatalites began performing in Jamaica in May 1964. The group was so hot that their first rehearsal became a show. So many people had lined up outside the venue, they decided to just charge admission and let everybody in! They were the top musicians on the island at the time, having come together after playing in different bands and on various recording sessions. These records were made to be played at the many competing sound systems around the island. The band became legendary, backing all the developing artists of the day, such as Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and “The Wailing 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. Hugely popular groups, like The Police, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, all have their roots firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.
Since reforming after an almost 20-year hiatus, The Skatalites have never stopped thrilling audiences in every corner of the globe. With original vocalist Doreen Shaffer fronting the group, The Skatalites proudly represent the music of Jamaican Ska to the fullest.
Nov 10 – Saint Germain En Laye, France @ La Cle
Nov 11 – Corneliano, Italy @ Cinema Vekkio
Nov 12 – Bologna, Italy @ LABORATORIO CRASH
Nov 17 – Birmingham, United Kingdom @ Hare and Hounds
Nov 18 – Manchester, United Kingdom @ Manchester Club Academy
Nov 19 – Edinburgh, United Kingdom @ Liquid Room
Nov 20 – Leeds, United Kingdom @ The Wardrobe
Nov 21 – London, United Kingdom @ Under The Bridge
Nov 22 – Bristol, United Kingdom @ The Fleece