The One World Ska & Rocksteady Festival is coming up soon! Whenever entering a ska environment, it always makes sense to prepare yourself with a ska warm up. Here, Alpha veteran bandmaster Sparrow Martin leads 3 music students in a demonstration of three basic ska styles of dancing--uptown, midtown and downtown.
Guest musicians from Soweto Ska Band based in Spain, saxophonist Anant Pradhan from New York and NYC resident (via Jamaica) Larry McDonald on percussion join Alpha student band members in a before-school jam. Featured here is Alpha student trombonist Jordan Moncrief on trombone. Many thanks to the Embassy of Spain for making it possible.
In 1961 he produced "Oh Carolina" by the Folkes Brothers, which was released on his Wild Bells label. The drumming on the record was provided by members of the Count Ossie Group, nyabinghi drummers from the Rastafarian community, Camp David, situated on the Wareika Hill above Kingston. After becoming a hit in Jamaica, "Oh Carolina" was licensed to Melodisc, a UK label owned by Emil Shalet. Melodisc released the track on their subsidiary label Blue Beat; the label would go on to become synonymous with 1960s ska releases for the UK market.
Just added to Alpha Boys' School Radio: Linton Kwesi Johnson "Bass Culture" featuring Alpha Boy Rico Rodriguez on trombone
LKJ's Bass Culture was released in 1980, and features Alpha Old Boy, Rico Rodriguez, (born Emmanuel Rodriguez; 17 October 1934), also known as Reco or El Reco, a ska and reggae trombonist. He is known as one of the first and most distinguished Ska artists.
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