Ska

Kakaba Pyramid Torched the SOB’s Stage with Blazing Lyrics

Kakaba Pyramid Torched the SOB’s Stage with Blazing Lyrics

Kabaka Pyramid Kontraband Tour Hit New York City

On Friday, November 23, New York City fans endured the frigid weather for the highly anticipated, Kabaka Pyramid, Kontraband Tour at SOB’s. New York City renowned selector DJ Gringo of Stateside Revolution and Host of Sirius XM, “The Joint,” warmed up the crowd awaiting the revolutionary artist. Next up, the Bebble Rockers excited the crowd with an electrifying, symphonic rendition of “Make Way” (the song features Pressure Buss Pipe on the Kontraband album), as Kabaka Pyramid joined the stage. More Concert Highlights After The Jump

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Clive Hunt Pays Tribute to Bobby Ellis

Clive Hunt Pays Tribute to Bobby Ellis

Legendary Producer Remembers Jamaica’s Late Great Hornsman

One of Jamaica’s most accomplished musicians, trumpet master Bobby Ellis, died on Tuesday at the University Hospital of the West Indies. The Jamaica Observer reports that he was admitted in late September suffering from pneumonia. During his 84 years on earth, Bobby Ellis and his trusty horn made a mighty legacy. A graduate of the famed Alpha Boys School, he often played alongside fellow alumni Tommy McCook, “Deadly” Headley Bennett, and the immortal tromphonist Don Drummond, and was awarded the Order of Distinction in 2014 for his outstanding contributions to Jamaican culture. His session works are too numerous to mention, from Boby Andy’s “I’ve Got To Go Back Home”  to Burning Spear’s classic Marcus Garvey album. Mr. Ellis arranged the horns for Jack Ruby’s stellar Black Disciples band and toured extensively with Spear over the years. He also collaborated with the noted jazz artist Herbie Mann. As news of Ellis’s passing has spread, numerous tributes have appeared on social media, but few more moving than that of legendary producer Clive “Uglyman” Hunt. Story Continues After The Jump… Read more »

HEAR THIS: Protoje “Answer to Your Name”

HEAR THIS: Protoje "Answer to Your Name"

Diggy Dips Back to UK 1971 On This Ska-Style Skorcha

A breath of fresh air on the reggae scene, Protoje blends classic Jamaican sounds with up-to-the-minute energy—plus a winning sense of humor but not one drop of the posing and posturing that can turn cool into cliche. “Like to tell you a story about a girl I know,” he says at the top of this ska-tempo rave-up, “or should I say a girl I used to know.” Set in England circa 1971 (around the time ska was killing it in the UK) the tale concerns one of those beautiful British girls who can turn ice-cold at the drop of a hat. Taken from Diggy’s highly anticipated album Ancient Future with frequent collaborators Winta James and Lewis Planter on the track. Audio After The Jump… Read more »

WATCH THIS: Maddy Carty “We Get It Right” Video EPK

People—Wake Up! This Is The New Skank Courtesy of Peckings Studio
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Miss Maddy Carly is a graduate of Leeds College of Music who attended the BRIT School at age 14. (Graduates of BRIT include Adele, Amy Winehouse, Leona Lewis, Katy B, and Rizzle Kicks.) So what’s a nice girl like that doing hanging out in West London at Peckings Studio 1 record shop? Well it just so happens that this prestigiously pedigreed young singer/songwriter has recorded a blazing new tune with Chris Peckings called “Get It Right” over a classic Skatalites instrumental. The tune is so sweet it’s now being distributed by Red Star Sounds and an official music video is in the works. You know that Peckings formula: old school, new blood. This time they definitely got it right.  Video after the jump… Read more »