IT ALL BEGAN WITH THE SKATALITES, SKA, ROCK STEADY, REGGAE!! And BOB MARLEY!! JAMAICA’S FIRST SUPERGROUP AND GREATEST BAND will be celebrating there 50th Anniversary at One Love Festival.
The Skatalites not only invented the music we call Ska But Without the Skatalites there would be limited Reggae section in the record store also. Without the Skatalites the World may have never heard of Bob Marley.
“Simmer Down” was the first single released by The Wailers, accompanied by The Skatalites, and produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd in 1963. It was Bob Marley 1st number one hit in Jamaica in February, 1964. The Skatalites were the house band for Studio One in the sixties (the greatest legacy in the history of Jamaican music…one of the greatest in the history of modern music).
Listen to this band live and what you will hear is the foundation. The inventors, originators, and sophisticators – Catch them live they kick much arse! Exceptionally talented musicians creating some of the most exciting and innovative sounds that the world has ever known. Get ready to experience Jazz Jamaican style. This is what REAL Ska sounds like.
This music is GUARANTEED to lift your spirits, let your spirit/soul within you come out to play. If it doesn’t then you might want to check your pulse.
The Skatalites completely transformed Jamaican popular music and without them Jamaican music today would undoubtedly be very different The group consisted of some of the hottest musicians to ever come out of Jamaica, many of whom had learnt their craft at the legendary Alpha School For Boys, a Kingston school run by Catholic nuns that was seen as a last resort for those viewed as delinquent trouble-makers.
The Skatalites, a play on words incorporating the new style of music sweeping the nation and the Soviet space satellite that had recently been launched.
In a remarkably short period, just a little over a year they were responsible for hundreds of excellent 45s. Their repetoire was drawn from a wide variety of sources including film themes, Latin music, Jazz and traditional Jamaican music. They toured the island playing to packed dances wherever they went and their songs quickly ruled the airwaves and dances They recorded countless hits for Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at Studio One (Man On The Street, Guns of Navarone, Beardsman Ska, Addis Ababa, Dick Tracy, Cleopatra, Fidel Castro, President Kennedy and many more) along with hundreds of records for other top producers and labels of the time, either under the band name or using the name of the musician who had arranged the session – Duke Reid?s Treasure Isle label, Justin and Philip Yap?s Top Deck label, Prince Buster, Vincent ‘King’ Edwards, Leslie Kong, Lindon Pottinger and Vincent Chin?s ?Randy?s? all released great Skatalites records. They also led sessions and backed pretty much all the top artists of the day ? The Wailers, The Maytals, Jackie Opel, Doreen Schaeffer, Stranger Cole, Lord Creator, Delroy Wilson, Desmond Dekker, Lee Perry and many many more – they will always be much loved by anybody with even a passing interest in reggae music