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Yup, the legendary SKATALITES are coming to York! From Jamaican origins in ’64 and backing all the developing artists of the day like Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and ‘The Wailing Wailers’ (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer) to a wildfire worldwide movement still unstoppable to this day with a huge musical tree including lovers of rock, dub, dancehall/ragga, ska-punk etc
Namechecked by The Police, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, and all with their roots firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.
Since reforming after an almost twenty year hiatus in 1983, and beginning regular touring as a unit in 1989, they have not stopped thrilling audiences in every corner of the globe. Even after more than fifty years, and various lineup changes as members leave one stage for another, the band continues to perform and record new music in the inimitable Jamaican style, like only they can.
The road has been long and hard, and sadly, seen most of the original members pass on. Often asked “when will you stop?” and “how do you keep doing it after all these years?”, the answer is simple: never – It’s the love of the music and the way our fans respond that keep us going Forward!
Featuring original vocalist Doreen Shaffer, along with the current lineup of outstanding musicians they have chosen to accompany them, the band proudly presents live the music of Jamaican Ska. Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of: Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Don Drummond, Jerome “Jah Jerry” Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat “Jackie” Mittoo, John “Dizzy Johnny” Moore, and Lester Sterling, collectively known as The Skatalites.