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The Skatalites+Albaroot

The Skatalites+Albaroot

Saturday 05 November

The Lemon Tree

Tickets 18 (12 concessions & regulars)

Doors Open: 8.30pm

Show Starts: 9pm

Box Office: 01224 642230

After a wonderfully uplifting performance last year, we are thrilled to welcome another genuinely legendary Jamaican band to The Lemon Tree for what will be an unforgettable festive night out.

Created in the mid 50s by fusing boogie-woogie, R&B, jazz, Caribbean and African rhythms, ska became the first truly Jamaican music and by the '60s all the vocalists were swarming to record their songs to this infectious new beat including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals and Jimmy Cliff. The core musicians playing on most of these sessions formed The Ska-talites in May 1964 but split after only two years. In their short time together they scored two UK top ten hits with Man In The Street and Guns Of Navarone and left an indelible legacy and influence on subsequent generations of musicians in the UK, US and Jamaica.

The band initially reformed in the mid '80s and now feature five original members: drum and bass team Lloyd Knibb and Lloyd Brevett, saxophonist Lester Sterling, trumpeter Johnny 'Dizzy' Moore and soulful vocalist Doreen Schaeffer carry on the never-ending rhythm they pioneered.

"The hottest ska group in town is the Ska-talites. Last Sunday at Bournemouth was the likes of which you've never seen, with grown men prostrate at the tuffness of the sounds." The Star (Jamaica), 1964



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Someone has made a HUGE error of judgement here. The Selecter are playing Drummonds the same night for only a fiver...

Skatalities vs The Selecter - I've seen both bands before and would much rather see the original rather than a two tone band. The Selecter are nice enough but...

Now if only someone would book Horace Andy and Prince Buster.


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I'm with you Dave (well I would say that wouldn't I) - but having seen both bands on their last visits to Aberdee, The Selecter were good, and energetic, but there was something really magical about seeing The Skatalites, particularly the way they would just drop in riffs from show tunes like "On Broadway" into their own tracks - or was i just imagining that?

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