The Skatalites are a Jamaican music group that played a major role in popularising ska, the first truly Jamaican music created by fusing boogie-woogie blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, mento, calypso, and African rhythms. They recorded many of their best known songs, including Guns Of Navarone, in the period between 1964 and 1965, as well as played on records by Prince Buster and many other Jamaican artists.
Dawn Penn (born Dawn Pickering, 1952, in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae singer. In 1967 she recorded and had released the rocksteady single "You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)", produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. In 1970, she left the music industry and moved to the Virgin Islands. However, in 1987 she returned to Jamaica and music. In the summer of 1994 she re-recorded and re-released the single "You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)" (with Steely & Clevie on production), topping the charts in the U.S., Europe, and her native Jamaica.
U Roy AKA Ewart Beckford, Hugh Roy. Born in 1942, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. began as a sound system DJ in 1961, spinning records for the Doctor Dickies set, later known as Dickies Dynamic, in such well-known Jamaican venues as Victoria Pier, Foresters Hall and Emmett Park. His inspiration was the DJ Winston Count Machuki, who worked for Coxsone Dodd and subsequently on Prince Buster's Voice Of The People sound system.
Singing songs about transport, heartbreak and homicide, the repertoire of The Dodge Brothers guarantees an evening of great entertainment. These guys are renowned for playing the hell out of classic Americana. With TV and radio presenter Mark Kermode thumping out the rhythm, and the melody and mystery from Mike Hammond and Aly Hirji, this roughneck trio have got feet stomping and hands clapping from California through the Natchez Trace to the South coast of the UK.
The Dualers are busking brothers Si and Tyber. The Dualers perform a unique blend of ska, soul and reggae that appeals to all ages with members of their database ranging from 1 to 91. They have a fan base of approaching 10,000 members but have probably been seen by in excess of 4 million whilst busking around the south east and performing at private functions, for the last 8 years. They have sold over 35,000 copies of their first two cd's on the streets alone.
The Goldmaster Allstars is a vibrant and dynamic 12-piece band performing laid-back rocksteady, heavy roots reggae and ska instrumentals. The band's sound borrows heavily from the Jamaican reggae scene although they rarely perform covers. They have recorded 2 albums and numerous EPs, working with some of the greats including Alton Ellis, Michael Prophet, The Pioneers, Dennis Alcapone, Tena Stelin, Owen Gray, Winston Francis, Winston Reedy and AJ Franklin.
VESPA is one of the first Polish bands playing ska music. Created in Szczecin in 1995 by secondary school students Radar (vocal), Krzaq (bass), Pasterz (drums) and Kantor (guitar). The band was soon joined by Maciek (guitar) and they called themselves VESPA and began to conquer the world. At this time the band members were fascinated by so called third wave of ska but due to poor music skills at that time, they sounded more like poor ska-punk.
There is more than one artist with the name Firebug: 1) Firebug, a fine ska/dub band from Sao Paulo, Brazil. 2) Forged in the storied Wicker Park section of Chicago by vocalist Juliette Tworsey and guitarist Jules Shapiro, Fire Bug began cutting their musical teeth in and around local Chicago venues before making their way out to Los Angeles. Since arriving in Los Angeles, Fire Bug has become a part of the essential club scene sharing the stage with many artists including Tom Morello (RATM / Audio Slave)...
The Pioneers were a vocal trio that was instrumental in the beginnings of Ska and the worldwide popularising of Jamaican music The Pioneers were one of the first Jamaican bands to achieve international chart success. They attracted a large audience in the U.K., mainly within the large skinhead scene brewing in the late 1960s. Their influence was directly felt in many of the Ska Revival bands on the Two-Tone Label, including The Specials, who covered "Long Shot (Kick de Bucket)", and The English Beat, who covered "Jackpot".