Help Kickstart Legends of Ska Doc Post Production

It’s been 10 years since we first heard about this amazing event. The Legends of Ska show brought together pretty much every last remaining live member/performer/artist from the early days of Jamaican recording. It went down in Toronto and from the little bits of stuff we’ve seen through the years, like the original trailer, the event was a once in a lifetime party. I sadly missed it of course and have waited patiently for any tidbits of information I could find.

They filmed the whole production in amazing detail with the ultimate goal of making a Ska version of the Buena Vista Social Club. Well in another attempt to get this project into the final stages of production the film’s producer has launched a Kickstarter page to raise funds to cover production costs. As you can see from the clip below the film really captures what went done so cleanly that it will be a truly amazing live document once it gets done.

Here’s a little bit with Stranger Cole and The Skatalites

Visit the Kickstarter page below and pledge as much as you can today – funding has less than 3 weeks left! I’ve got a little bit of insight into how Kickstarter works so I have fading hopes that this will get funded but every bit helps so get your rear in gear!

About this project

Legends of Ska is a documentary film focusing on the sights & sounds of Jamaica during the early 1960s. As the precursor to Reggae, Ska is a mix of Jazz, R&B, and many other styles of music, which continued to make a huge impact far from the island’s shores.

The idea for this project was born ten years ago, right after conducting a radio interview with the first star of Ska, Derrick Morgan. It went very well? and I said to the show’s intern “When is someone going to make a movie about the music we love?” That was my “light bulb” moment and it has been shining brightly ever since.

At that time, everyone was captivated by the Buena Vista Social Club, right before Ken Burns’ documentary series, Jazz, debuted on PBS. Inspired by those projects, I decided to produce and film the largest vintage ska show ever. I was fortunate to raise enough money to present the Legends of Ska concerts in Toronto over a long weekend during the summer of 2002. The review in the Jamaica Gleaner was outstanding and the event was named “Concert of the Year” by Now Toronto.

Back then, I thought reuniting the greatest collection of original Jamaican Ska singers & musicians was going to be the hardest part of this process, but it turned out to be the easiest. Raising the money to complete this project through traditional means has not worked out, that is why I am turning to you.

Currently, all principal photography has been completed and the film is in post-production. All the money raised from Kickstarter will go directly towards completing the film. Our priority is to finish editing the film by late summer, then hit the film festival circuit. The funding will also cover the sound mix, High Definition transfers & MARKETING.

The more money raised, the more songs we can use in the finished film.

Over all these years, I remained motivated by the many positive responses I regularly received from Ska fans in Jamaica, England, Japan, France, Argentina, Germany, America, Brazil, Russia, Canada, Sweden, Mexico, Italy & China. One of the trailers on YouTube has well over 150,000 hits.

Whether you are a passionate fan of Jamaican music & culture or a curious observer who loves film & the feeling of sand between your toes, please come forward. This is the last major genre of Jamaican music that needs its story to be told.

In August of 2012, the independent nation of Jamaica will turn 50 years young. My goal is to complete the film this year and be ready for release next year, so we can all celebrate the island’s musical heritage together.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.