Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Skatalites: Show Preview 

Wednesday, Apr 10 2013

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 will know the Skatalites supported the "One Love" legend's earliest adventures with the Wailing Wailers. Their ska begat rocksteady, which begat reggae, the genre's far more popular younger cousin. While most of the Skatalites' founding members have passed on, their music continues to thrive via an ever-evolving lineup that just dropped Walk With Me, a bright new album of mostly instrumental tracks.

About The Author

Sam Prestianni

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"