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Trip to Mars
Wood and Water
I Wish You Love
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Past Shows

Sat. September 13th 2014
@  Various Venues (All Ages)
RIFFLANDIA 2014 Death Cab for Cutie, RUSKO, Hilltop Hoods, Half Moon Run, THE SKATALITES, Paper Diamond, Rich Aucoin, Humans, Miles Anderson, & more!
Sat. April 20th 2013
Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver BC (No Minors)
Sat. April 21st 2012
The Waverley Hotel Cumberland BC (No Minors)
THE SKATALITES, The Truth Sound System
Fri. April 20th 2012
Distrikt (No Minors)
THE SKATALITES, Bananafish Dance Orchestra
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Ska / Reggae / Jazz / Latin from Kingston Jamaica
Label: World Village Records
Unknown - Confirmed: Apr. 18, 2012 (Awaiting Update)

Contact Details

The SKATALITES’ sound is made from many influences dating all the way back to the mid to late 1950s. SKATALITES band have always maintained a heavy jazz and Latin sound as they were influenced by Big Bands both in the US and Cuba. In the early 1960s, the time of Jamaica’s Independence they fused these influences with Jamaica’s traditional music mento/calypso. The word “SKA” named after the sound of the guitar when playing the infectious off beat later became the main beat used in reggae.

The SKATALITES – originators of ska and later rocksteady were also main contributors of the creation of reggae music in Jamaica. Almost all of the early Jamaican reggae and ska singers such as Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Justin Hinds and the Dominoes and Peter Tosh were accompanied by or worked with the SKATALITES on earlier recordings in the 60s with Coxsone Dodd at the legendary Studio One in Jamaica. Many of Bob Marley’s early tracks such as “Simmer Down” and “Nice Time” were done with the SKATALITES.

Today, many of the riddims used by today’s popular conscious dancehall and roots reggae artists were originally created all or in part by the SKATALITES.

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Trip to Mars
Wood and Water
I Wish You Love
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Current Lineup

Lloyd Knibb1945-present
Doreen Shaffer1945-present
Val Douglas1945-present
Kevin Batchelor1945-present
Vin Gordon1945-present
Devon James1945-present
Ken StuartKeyboard1945-present
Lester SterlingAlto Sax1945-present
Status: Unknown
- Last confirmed Apr. 18, 2012