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The Skatalites

Thursday 02 December 2004 - Caf

Tickets 18 (12 concessions & regulars)

Doors Open: 8.30pm

Show Starts: 9pm

After the brilliance of Toots and the Maytals in July, 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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