I have many wonderful memories of the show veteran, one of the founding fathers of ska, Cuban born and Jamaican raised, Laurel Aitken, whom I met and worked with on his final US tour before he died at age 78 in 2005. Laurel was deservedly famous for his enormous body of work done both in Jamaica and in his adapted home, the UK. He was also celebrated and admired for training multiple generations of UK musicians in the art of writing and performing Ska and Skinhead Reggae tunes.
Four of his songs have graced the astounding 16 track Moondust Record Series Vol. 1 Vinyl Releases. My favorite track from Laurel is the skinhead reggae tune, "Moon Rock" which features an awesome brass solo that is probably served up by trombone virtuoso Rico Rodriguez.
Practically all of the bands featured are largely from Southern California. They have all made outstanding contributions to this fantastic project. Noteworthy deliveries that measure up are by two bands that have been disbanded, namely Irie Beats and Ocean 11. My pick from Irie Beats is the B side "No Jodas." This not withstanding the fact that the only song that attempted any social commentary is the A side "People Need People"; and from Ocean 11, "Miss Understanding."
One of the Southland's fastest rising outfits, The Delirians' "Musical Remedy" is definitely going to be an audience favorite. Riverside's own Revivers do a remarkable job on their remake of "Reggae Fever" and "Medical Operation," both of which I had the pleasure of toasting over the introductions and are destined to become dance floor favorites. The Impalers, made two masterful deliveries: "Mr. Upper Cut", and "Upper Cut". The A side has a magnificent introduction and some sizzling toasting. The B side is a marvelous keys driven track in the Glen Adams style. The no less dynamic Soulsteppers rounded out the releases with two sizzling instrumentals: "Bout Time" and "Victory Dance."
- Junor Francis | Los Angeles, CA
Junor Francis is a major force on the Los Angeles Reggae scene. His MC duties have blessed the stage with pretty much every great artist that has come through town such as Dennis Alcapone, The Ethiopians, Derrick Morgan, Big Youth, and more. He has a weekly radio show on KSPC and KXLU as well as monthly events he promotes. His voice is featured on the Revivers tracks as the Doctor. Read more about Junor in this article from IE Weekly.
Based in Santa Cruz, California. Rhygin Records released it's first 7 inch singles in 2004, comprised of multiple musicians, producers, engineers, and SoundSystem DJ's. Using exclusively analog gear, the finest reggae artists/musicians on the west coast and some of the most knowledgeable reggae producers and mixers around, we craft our sound with foundations in the golden era of reggae and soul music. In collaboration we push forward an original sound.
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Chemal Skandal has been working for the last decade as an artist and his upbringing in Mexico City helps embody the ideas of the Reggae 69 Fan Club. He has created an environment and style all his own, another world of strange beings, mods, skinheads and rudies. A working class aesthetic & vintage style permeate his work and artists such as Pama International and Roy "Mr. Symarip" Ellis have enlisted his talents to give their work a style and substance. We're thankful he agreed to participate in our project too!
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The Prizefighters are a band on a mission -- Bring the rough and tough sounds of 1960s Jamaica to Midwestern dance floors. Formed from a collective passion for early reggae and soul music, The Prizefighters' beat is crafted with a deliberate determination to life these vintage sounds up from the canvas and deliver a rhythmic blow to new ears in the Twin Cities and accross the globe!
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