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Documentary: This Is Ska

Documentary: This Is Ska

In Jamaica, before reggae and rocksteady, there was ska. Emerging in the late 1950s, ska was a combination of calypso, American jazz and R&B. Ska evolved as Jamaican singers and musicians put their own spin on the sound of American pop records that were played on large sound systems built for neighborhood parties. As ska grew ...

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Zeeteah Massiah

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Take equal parts reggae, ska and dancehall. Simmer until grooving. Stir in soul and blues and sprinkle on a dash of jazz. Top off with sensuous, blistering vocals. That’s the recipe for Zeeteah Massiah’s mighty new sound of 2020. Delivered by a red-hot vocalist and some of the coolest musicians around, it’s musical dynamite. Zeeteah is fresh and tangy, bittersweet and intense, velvety and elegant. Born in Barbados, raised in London, she is one of the most exciting live singers performing today. If her music doesn’t move you, check your pulse. Zeeteah has had a No. 1 US dance hit and performed with stars including Tom Jones, Robbie Williams, Phil Collins and Sting

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Martin Turkis

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Martin Turkis is a double bassist, composer, and bandleader working out of San Francisco in genres such as salsa dura, son, mambo, and latin as well as straight-ahead jazz. He is the musical director of Conjunto Elefante - a salsa and Afro-Cuban jazz combo. He also leads the jazz-ska outfit Revolutionary Dictature.


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