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Music, Hear This Skatalites: Show Preview

Skatalites: Show Preview

During the revolutionary '60s, the Skatalites first proselytized "Freedom Sound," a positive-vibration combo of groovy beats, soulful horns, and improvised solos. Their breezy international approach to dance music fused island sounds like calypso with American R&B. Hardcore Bob Marley fans…
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Rock Steady

Jamaican band the Skatalites started playing together as teenagers 46 years ago and never quit. Along the way, the group invented and popularized ska music — a mix of Jamaican folk, American big-band jazz, and New Orleans R&B — and…
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Hear This

Citizen Fish Citizen Fish are not a teen-age ska-punk band made up of glitzy hipsters; nor are they so removed from the music's roots that they think the Skatalites enabled better television reception. Instead, they're an English quartet who helped…
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The House of Tudor

Imagine ska as a sort of primordial soup into which someone has cast a big oyster cracker. We are very little, standing at the edge of the bowl. The fourth wave of ska is just beginning to lap at our…
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