GLOBAL BEATS PRESENTS: THE SKATALITES + SAMSARA COLLECTIVE + DAKKA SKANKS
PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW WAS PREVIOUSLY TAKING PLACE AT CONCORDE 2. ALL ORIGINAL TICKETS REMAIN VALID
Legends since the 1960’s, The Skatalites backed all the developing artists of the day, such as Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and The Wailing Wailers featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer. These groups were all recording on the new beat called ska, which had an infectious rhythm that was catching on like wildfire. This wildfire spread around the world, developing into a huge musical tree with many stylistic branches. Hugely popular groups, like The Police, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, all have their roots firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.
Since reforming after an almost 20-year hiatus in 1983, and beginning regular touring as a unit in 1989, they have not stopped thrilling audiences in every corner of the globe. Even after more than 50 years, and various lineup changes as members leave one stage for another, the band continues to perform and record new music in the inimitable Jamaican style like only they can.
Featuring original vocalist Doreen Shaffer, along with the current lineup of outstanding musicians they have chosen to accompany them, the band proudly presents live the music of Jamaican Ska. Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Don Drummond, Jerome “Jah Jerry” Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat “Jackie” Mittoo, John “Dizzy Johnny” Moore, and Lester Sterling, collectively known as The Skatalites.
As ‘one of the South’s most exciting reggae acts’, Brighton-based Samsara Collective create an open-minded and fresh take on the roots tradition. Their music pays tribute to the original innovators of the genre while refusing to be bound by any stylistic conventions. The result is a fresh and hook-laden take on the style, morphing the reggae sound into something wholly new and exciting, and has been described as ‘a startlingly new angle on the Jamaican sound’
In the short time since the release of their Good Omens EP the band has been booked to play alongside reggae legends such as The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Groundation, The Black Uhuru, Culture, and Aswad – and performed at countless festivals such as Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, and Secret Garden Party. With a tightly woven live show which combines intricate musicianship with raw energy and infectious positivity, Samsara has become firm favorites at venues and festivals across the land.
With new releases and videos planned for the coming months and an extensive nationwide tour already under their collective belt this year, Samsara’s hard work and creative vision have established them as ‘one of the best reggae bands in the UK’.
Amy Winehouse meets Jamie T with Dawn Penn sitting on a stool is what immediately jumps to mind when you witness a Dakka Skanks show.
Meeting at music college in Brighton this young band have pulled together so many influences, to take a ska rhythm into 21st century, blending in a London grime truly British sound into an established Jamaican dance. But with some really top class indie rock guitar giving this band something really fresh and new.
Clara Byrne on lead vocals can’t hide her classically trained vocal which cuts through like a wave of emotion, her lyrical content straight from the soul. Josh throwing some London lingo over the top, bouncing back and forth with Clara, as the band steers the music along.
Already storming across Europe and making huge waves, playing alongside legends, supporting Madness, headlining Brighton’s Paddle Around the Pier. Check out one of the best new bands in the modern-day ska scene
STANDING // 14+ (UNDER 16s TO BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT) // THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN KOMEDIA MAIN SPACE