Celebrate the Heritage of Ska in Brixton this Friday

Declaration of interest: For the past couple of months I have been working with musician Michael Arkk to help develop Heritage of Ska

Friday 9th March 2012 is going to go down in history as an important date in the musical history of London. And the reason for this is not because Californian jazz-funk veterans Tower of Power are playing Ronnie Scott’s. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bit of jazz-funk as much as the next man, but I’m afraid they’re going to have to do without my patronage. Instead, Friday 9th March 2012 will go down in history as the day when Heritage of Ska brought about a full-scale revival of all things ska.

Launch party for Heritage of Ska Festival

At this point you’d be within your rights to ask me what on earth I am banging on about so I will cut to the chase. This coming Friday, 9th March, in Brixton, Upstairs at legendary Ritzy Cinema will play host to the official launch party for the Heritage of Ska Festival, a two open-air festival organiser Michael Arkk is planning to hold in Brockwell Park.

Brixton and Reggae go hand in hand but what fewer people know is that Ska is the original dance music of Jamaica and subsequently the world. Ska gave birth to the Sound System, Rock-steady and, Reggae and its influence and attitude continues to be felt around the world today.  We believe now is the time for Ska to get the recognition it deserves.

Between 8 pm and 2 am we will be brining people together to celebrate ska music and the influence it continues to have around the world. The night will feature a top ranking selection of the finest live musicians who play ska or have been influenced by its attitude:

  • The Estimators, a band who play pure and unadulterated traditional Jamaican ska;
  • Michael Arkk, a veteran singer/songwriter/producer whose work encompasses conscious reggae, soul and gospel and who has shared stages all over the world;
  • Frank Pitter, singer with Symarip Pyramids, a British Ska, Reggae and Afro Rock band whose roots extend back to the 1960s;
  • Val Johashen, an upcoming London-based RnB singer/songwriter; and
  • AnnaKie, a singer /Songwriter schooled in RnB, soul, gospel and Reggae

DJ Support will come from the mighty DJ Dancecrasher Sound System and Natty Bo, leader of Ska band The Top Cats, who will help keep things moving until closing time at 2 am.

Tickets cost £8 advance/£10 on the door. You can buy tickets directly from The Ritzy by clicking here.

From launch party to launch pad

Describing his ambitions for the event, organiser Michael Arkk said:

“Heritage of Ska offers a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to connect over some great music. The launch party will introduce a new generation to Ska to and reignite the passions of long-term fans alike.”

The Heritage of Ska Festival launch party is the first in a series of events designed to ensure Ska gets the recognition it deserves. Future events will be held throughout 2012 across London, in the build-up to a a planned two-day open air festival of Ska music and culture. More info soon!

For further information about the event please visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @HeritageofSkaUK.

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