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Legendary Skatalites Band Celebrate 48th Year w/ New Music & Tour

The Skatalites are still making music and 2012 will be another year of celebration for the band who put Ska and the music of Jamaica on the map.

The band have announced a round of dates in February around the Northeast including stops in Massachusetts, Maine, New York and Vermont. This is just the primer for a larger world tour touching various continents throughout the year.

The band will then headline the Echoes of Kingston tour in April. The tour will begin in Texas, before heading to NM, Colorado , Arizona, Oregan, California, Washington and then Canada. The tour, now in its second year, has a one goal: to provide a stage where vintage artists of yesteryear can mingle and perform with the blossoming talents of today, sharing a common love of Jamaica’s infectious rhythms. Joining the band on some of the tour will be Los Angeles’ leading proponents of ska & reggae, The Delirians. The band has been forging a sound rooted in the past, yet distinctly their own. The Delirians haved backed and performed with legends such as Derrick Morgan, The Melodians, Derrick Harriot, Stranger Cole and more.

As the tour kicks off, The Skatalites will release a 2-song single from their upcoming album “All Roads.” The single will be available digitally and as a limited edition 7” vinyl (exclusively available on the tour.) The collection features the newest lineup of the band, and several tracks featuring legendary foundation drummer Lloyd Knibb, who passed away before the sessions were completed. Along with founding members Lester Sterling and Doreen Shaffer, The Skatalites continue as torchbearers of Jamaica’s signature sounds – ska, rocksteady, and reggae – and promise to take audiences of all ages on a musical journey around the world.

Visit their official website at www.skatalites.com for all tour dates and news.

Visit the tour website at www.echoesokingston.com for tour dates and more info.

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.