Wake the town an' tell the people!!!
In the summer of 1998 a bunch of ska-freaks, nostalgic hippies & local Dutch rude boys gathered to revive an almost forgotten part of Jamaican musical history. Ska-d-lite was born. It might be a coincidence, but a true skarevival followed and ska-be-thanked the attention for this soulful, attractive and swinging music was renewed.
Ska? Isn't that the fast neurotic music performed by band like Madness, The Selector, and The Specials? Yes and No! Yes, these British bands played a speeded up version of "the original thing". No, according to Ska-d-lite the smoothest ska is the one with the slow, hypnotising and jazzy grooves, as created in Jamaica in the late fifties. By then a group of musicians invented a new, hot style from mento, rhythm and blues and a bit of jazz. Ska was the forerunner for rocksteady and reggae and it was the dance music of the sixties in Jamaica. Anyone who bothers to listen to this old but still vivid and steamy music will understand why the Jamaicans freaked out.
Ska-d-lite revives old hits from the Skatalites- the skaband of all skabands- but also play their own songs and other classics in a comfortable ska coat. Ska-d-lite makes this happen in a soccer line up of eleven musicians and let exuberant vocal songs compete with instrumentals. Witch sometimes makes the five piece horn section (baritone-, tenor, altsax, trombone and trumpet) lose track like a pair of wild horses.
Ska-d-Lite released a first full album, including some skadub-versions which keeps on generating warm reactions from reggae and ska-communities throughout the world. By the end of 2005 the band hopes to do the trick again and record a second album. Meanwhile Ska-d-lite worked on a live reputation. From weddings, studentpartys, bars and youth houses to big and small festivals in Belgium and The Netherlands: Ska-d-lite came, saw and played ska. The band played support for The Selecter, Skyblasters and Rude Rich and the Highnotes, one of the finest Dutch ska bands. In 2005 Ska-d-Lite was selected for the first edition of the Dutch Ska Festival in Amsterdam.
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