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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.

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The London Intl Ska Festival Winter Special pt.2

The next London Intl Ska Fest Winter Special is coming up fast… Please spread word of the show and Click on image to buy tickets…



London Intl Ska Fest Band Competition Update

Over 2200 votes now in for the London Intl Ska Festival 2012 Band Competition. Here’s how the top 5 looks…
01. Los Furios (Canada)
02. Jamaica 69 (Mexico)
03. Monkey Boots (Indonesia)
04. Kinky Coo Coos (Spain)
05. Akatz (Basque Country)

Well done to Los Furios for taking the lead. You can hear all 20 finalist here. To vote email your favourite band out of the 20 email their name to One vote per person. Voting closes 1st Dec’11. The winning band gets a place on the festival!


Spain’s finest… Los Granadians added to 2012 line up

We are delighted to announce the latest band to be added to The London Intl Ska Festival 2012 is, from Spain, making a very rare exclusive UK performance LOS GRANADIANS

Despite their young age as a band, just ten years on the road, the Granadians have influenced new artists from Europe, Mexico and South America, evoking in them a curiosity for so far unknown musical styles, and even inspiring the creation of bands directly playing versions of their songs. So much so that very shortly we’ll have the pleasure to find some “Tribute to the Granadians“ album in the market.

The Granadians have been surprisingly successful all over very different stages, going far beyond the “revival“ 60’s Reggae scene of which they are considered pioneers. Singing all their songs in Spanish, they’ve headlined festivals in many different parts of the world, their music has been used for radio campaigns and tv advertisements.

Further than that, the group also have enjoyed playing live, recording or producing records for some of their Jamaican idols from the 60’s such as Dennis Alcapone, Derrick Morgan and Dave Barker.

In their own words: ‘We love Jamaican music from the sixties, especially Rocksteady and Reggae, but we don’t define ourselves as interpreters of Jamaican music. Back in the day, tons of reggae tracks were recorded in England by English artists… as well as in other parts of the world, like Mexico, Argentina and Spain… and there were some pretty interesting Rocksteady and Reggae tracks being produced out there. We consider ourselves closer in spirit to these Hispanic and English bands that adapted such rhythms than to the original Jamaican artists. And we are also very interested in Rock and Roll culture, (especially from the sixties) and its relationship with other things like Sci-Fi movies and, well, anything that exudes original Rock and Roll attitude. Rocksteady and Reggae provide the format for expressing our ideas only because they¹re our favorite rhythms from that era’.

Check out Los Granadians great track & video Le Fiebre here


DJ Greedy G’s London Intl Ska Festival podcast special

DJ Greedy G, who appears at Day 2 of The London Intl Ska Festival, has put together a beautiful podcast for us. Focusing on the old school JA sounds it includes sublime cuts from Owen Grey, Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths, Bob Andy, Ansel Collins and Dave Barker, all of who appear at the ska fest.

You can download the podcast now at

Midnight Train – Owen Grey (Bluebeat)
Artibella – Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole (Studio 1)
Poor Me – Owen Grey (Matador)
My Time – Bob Andy (Supreme)
Truly – Marcia Griffiths (Studio 1)
For Your Love – Ken Boothe (Coxsone)
Your Love’s A Game – Dave Barker (Techniques)
Don’t Let Me Down – Marcia Griffiths (Harry J)
Night Flight – Ansel Collins (Beverleys)
Sun Shines For Me – Bob Andy (FRM)
The Heart Of A Man – Dave Barker (blank)
Working To The Top – Marcia Griffiths (Trojan)
The Way I Feel – Bob Andy (Success)
Why Baby Why – Ken Boothe (Beverleys)
Some Sympathy – Dave Barker (Upsetter)
Nuclear Weapon – Ansel Collins (Trojan)
Blazing Fire – Owen Gray (Trojan)
Too Proud To Beg – Bob Andy (I Anka)
First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Marcia Griffiths (Wildflower)
Get Close To You – Ken Boothe (Beverleys)

Big thanks to Greedy G for putting this together.

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The legendary Owen Grey added to the Ska Festival

We are delighted to announce the legendary OWEN GREY has been added to the London Intl Ska Festival. One of Jamaica’s true ‘Foundation’ singers and Alpha Boys school graduate his work spans the R&B, ska, rocksteady & reggae eras of Jamaican music. He recorded for many of the greats: Prince Buster, Duke Reid, Leslie Kong, Clancy Eccles & Bunny Lee and was one of the first artists to be released on Studio One & Island Rcds. Undeniably a true legend and pioneer of Jamaican music.


The London Intl Ska Festival YouTube Channel

The London Intl Ska Festival YouTube channel has now been launched, featuring over 100 videos and interviews from the 37 bands and DJs performing at the festival. More videos, interviews and clips are being added daily so keep checking back. The London Intl Ska Festival YouTube channel


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