Archive for February 2013

Jerry Dammers, founder of The Specials & 2 Tone joins The London Intl Ska Festival 2013

We are delighted to announce news that Jerry Dammers founder of The Specials and 2 Tone Records will be hosting The London International Ska Festival 2013 Day 1 clubnight (DJ set only) at the Jazz Cafe.

Directly after Rico Rodriguez’s headline performance, Jerry will be spinning the finest Jamaican Ska & Reggae from the 60′s to present day at The Jazz Cafe, Parkway, Camden, London NW1 from 11pm-2am.

Tickets for Rico’s show and Festival weekend tickets get you in free to this event. Tickets just for the clubnight are available now from


Jamaican superstar Ken Boothe returns to The London Intl Ska Festival

We are truly honored to announce the legendary Jamaican singer Ken Boothe has agreed to return for the second time to perform at The London Intl Ska Festival.

Best known for his No.1 UK hit ‘Everything I Own’, Boothe started his musical career by winning a singing competition at the age of 8. His debut recording came in the ska-era when he teamed up with Winston ‘Stranger’ Cole in the duo Stranger And Ken, releasing classic cuts including World’s Fair and Artibella, before moving onto Clement Dodd’s Studio One label. A series of classic cuts followed including The Train Is Coming (on which he was backed by Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer & BB Seaton of The Gaylads) and Moving Away.

In 1967 he toured the UK for the first time with fellow rocksteady legend Alton Ellis. The tour was hugely successful, with Boothe being promoted as “Mr.Rock Steady”. The title was also used for his debut album the following year, which contained the unlikely but huge selling rocksteady version of Puppet On A String. In 1974 Boothe teamed up with producer Lloyd Charmers, a pairing that spawned his two biggest UK hits including Everything I Own, which topped the UK charts for 4 weeks, and the follow-up ‘Crying Over You’ which peaked number 11.

Having recorded for most of Jamaica’s top producers Ken Boothe’s catalogue is immense and stretches from Ska, through Rocksteady and into 70’s and conscious reggae; Silver Words, The Way Nature Planned, Godfather theme, Freedom Street, Who Get’s Your Love, Ain’t No Sunshine, I Don’t Want To See You Cry, Is It Because I’m Black, to name just a few of his timeless classics.

In 2011 Ken Boothe headlined the opening night of the London International Ska Festival and tore the place down. We are honored he has agreed to return to close this years event.

Ken Boothe performs Day 4 of The London Intl Ska Festival (Easter Sunday 31st March 2013).
At Dingwalls, Camden Lock, Camden Town, London NW1. Doors 7pm.
Tickets available now from