Archive for August 2017

The Uppertones from Italy added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

Hot on the heels of announcing Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Pama International, The Original Aces and Alpheus, we are delighted to announce the latest band to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary is…

from Italy The Uppertones starring Mr.T-Bone.

Check out their next single (out in Sept) HERE

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The Uppertones is a powerful trio of trombone, vocals, piano & drums dedicated to the sound of the 50’s in Jamaica, the Jamaican R’n’B, Jamaican boogie, calypso & mento. The kick start to homegrown Jamaican music in the 50s came from American rock’n’roll and R’n’B (rhythm & blues).
At that time it was the birth of Ska, which originated Rocksteady, Reggae etc. This trio aims to please crowds with a stompin’ swing style mixed with the Jamaican edge and style.

Mr.T-bone is a well know singer, composer and trombone player in the international ska scene who has released 8 solo albums in the last 12 years and has toured Europe, USA, Canada, Indonesia, Brazil and Mexico. He has been a major contributor to the Italian ska & reggae scene for over a decade now.

Peter Truffa is a fabulous piano player & singer from New York. With his blues, jazz and ska roots, he toured for years with The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble and with Giuliano Palma and the Bluebeaters. He worked with Mr.T-bone on his second album “Mr.T-Bone Sees America”.

Count Ferdi is the best drummer you can have for this kind of music, he’s anitalian ska and Rocksteady pioneer founder of The Casino Royale the first italian ska band and The Bluebeaters. He plays with Mr.T-Bone since 1992 in many different project.

Their first album “Closer To The Bone” was released in 2015. This album was a selection of 12 tunes from the marvelous sound of the 50’s including notable successes like “The Great Pretender” and “Personality”. It features a small tribute to the great Rosco Gordon who was one of the most influencial musicians for the young jamaican scene. After releasing it they immediately toured Europe for twenty months no stop playing 170 shows in 10 countries!!

While touring consistently the band members found the time to compose many original tunes and when they arrived in the recording studio they had more than twenty-five new original songs. Same sound, same musicians, same studio but this time they are telling their own stories.

Love Trojan Records? Then don’t miss this tour…

Love Trojan Records?
Then you can’t miss this tour…
Pama International perform Trojan Records songbook
Greatest Hits | Free songbook with every ticket.


Alpheus added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary

We are delighted to announce the latest singer to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary is…

The Jamaican born, Studio One signed, singer supreme – ALPHEUS.

What’s more it will be his debut UK concert!

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Born and raised by Jamaican parents in London, England, Alpheus developed a passion for singing after seeing an old recording of Sam Cooke perform on television, and performing on local sound systems in London as a youth. His love for Ska rocksteady and reggae developed as he was exposed to singers like John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Don Carlos, Dennis Brown, Frankie Paul, Michael Gordon, Keith Douglas, Thriller U, Maxi Priest, and many more great artists.

Whilst Alpheus was living in Florida USA In 1997 he was discovered by Tony Brevett of the famed vocal rocksteady group ‘The Melodians‘. Mr.Brevett took Alpheus to the legendary Clement Dodd at Studio One in New York, where after honing his craft as a session vocalist and singing various singles Alpheus recorded his debut album ‘Quality Time’ which was released in 1999, on some of those classic ‘Studio One ‘ Ska rocksteady rhythms. After Touring the USA and learning his stage performance skills with talented artists like Everton Blender and Richie Spice, Alpheus went on to sing a nice and even more contemporary reggae album with ‘Special delivery label ‘ France in 2007.

Then came the delightful’ Roberto Sanchez produced singles, (7’’and EP) “Two rocksteady riddims”-Dirty dozen and family rhythms. Alpheus then progressed to sing his third critically and musically successful album entitled ‘From Creation’ on A-lone label (lone ark) in 2011, also Roberto Sanchez ‘produced. This is a superb album which consists of stunning re-creations and original composed ska and roots rocksteady music.

After performing The ‘From Creation’ Album on various renowned festivals in Europe, such as Garance, Rototom, Montreux Jazz, Reggae Sun Ska and Reggae Geel, the creative duo Team up again to make yet another quality album of more ‘Ska and Roots Rocksteady Reggae’ music for all to receive and enjoy, released by Liquidator Music label.

Alpheus followed up ‘From Creation’ with a stunning 14 song album entitled ‘Good Prevails’ that captivates re-creations of classic Ska rocksteady rhythms, as well as meticulously constructed original compositions of authentically made ‘Ska and Roots Rocksteady Reggae ‘Produced yet again by the gifted ‘Roberto Sanchez’.

2018 not only promises his debut UK show, but also another world-beating album!

You will always hear and feel Alpheus singing resonantly from his heart and soul. We are delighted to have on of today’s most talented ska & rocksteady singers gracing The London Intl Ska Festival 30th anniversary.

Earlybird tickets (only 4 left) onsale now at:

Alpheus joins; Ken Boothe​, Derrick Morgan​, The Original Aces, Pama International​ and many more still tba. LISF hits the capital next Easter 29 March – 1 April 2018.

London Intl Ska Festival sponsor Gladdy Wax sound system at Notting Hill Carnival

For the third year running The London Intl Ska Festival is honoured to be sponsoring
the mighty GLADDY WAX SOUND SYSTEM at Notting Hill Carnival.

Outside 306 Portobello Rd (on the corner of Goldbourne Rd)

Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2018
Midday to 7pm both days.

Gladdy is a legendary soundman / one of the best around and his set up truly is our favourite and the best part of the Carnival. Since 1989 Gladdy has been doing Carnival and every year the finest selectors and mcs pass through. Don’t miss out this year. The ska fest will be in full attendance.

Ska legend Derrick Morgan added to LISF2018 30th Anniversary

We are honoured to announce that Derrick Morgan is the latest headline artist to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2018 / 30th anniversary.

Along with Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker, Mr Morgan was a mainstay of the festival in the early days, and as one of the original Ska greats, we felt it vital for him to be part of our 30th Anniversary!

Come here hits like; Moon Hop (the origianl Skinhead Moonstomp), Blazing Fire, Tougher Than Tough, The Conqueror, Seven Letters, Fat Man, Don’t Play That Song, Stand By Me, and many many more.

There are only 8 earlybird tickets left for the festival. One wristband gets you into 16 world exclusive events…