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A Is For Ape

Hailing from Nottingham, A is for Ape formed in 2003 intent on creating a sound worthy of their stage filling presence. They moved for 2 years to Sheffield where they went through a succession of members before returning to notts in 2006 with a steady lineup. The original lineup has been through many changes since with only 3 remaining Nick (guitar/vocals), Simon (saxaphone) and John (trombone) have since been joined by Ben (drums), Oli (bass), Wolf (trumpet) and Ross (guitar)

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Joe White

Jamaican singer Joe White has had an unsung career, issuing several brilliant singles through the ska, rocksteady, and early reggae eras, including 1967's "Rudies All Around," 1968's "Every Night" (produced by Sonia Pottinger), and an amazing version of "My Guiding Star," produced by Charles Ross at Studio One. Somehow, though, White never garnered the mass attention he deserved. Early on he was a member of vocal group the Leaders with Ken Boothe, Roy Shirley, and Chuck Josephs, and several singles by the quartet were issued on Federal, but none generated much action.

Read more about Joe White on Last.fm.

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Sloppy Joe

Difference, what so many search for, can be found in the music and attitude of Sloppy Joe.
They formed at the sound of ska and reggae with fullness of sound from dub, but quickly they had extended their range in influences. This is so vast, they end up losing themselves in the mix of the all sonorities, the personal references, spread as they are in a all new multicultural, brand mark of the band.

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Bb Seaton

B.B Seaton (Harris Lloyd Seaton) was born September 3rd, 1944 in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a singer with a soulful voice, a qualified musician, producer and one of the most prolific song writers in the history of Jamaican music. B.B started singing and writing songs from his high school days, and grew up listening to groups like Platters, Drifters, Temptations and the Four Tops to name but a few.

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Assorted Jellybeans

This is the story of a punk rock band so good that when they opened for The Vandals (at the request of The Vandals bassist's wife who had heard them play live on KSPC), Joe and Warren made a decision right then and there to start a record company and take credit for the best punk discovery since Op Ivy. A year later, with the release of their self-titled album, Kung Fu Records was born in their honor.

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Goldmaster Allstars

The Goldmaster Allstars is a vibrant and dynamic 12-piece band performing laid-back , heavy and instrumentals. The band's sound borrows heavily from the Jamaican 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.

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Fallen Heroes

Brothers Ben and Emile Martyn grew up in the company of legendary New Orleans jazz musician as their father is musician/promoter Barry Martyn.Before the ages of ten both had extensive contact with the likes of George Lewis, John Handy and Emile’s Godfather Harold Dejan of the world famous Olympia Brass band (of James Bond ‘Live and Let Die’ fame) In their teens the two moved to live permanently in New Orleans where they performed with their own band throughout the French quarter.

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Vespa

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.

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