The Uptown Ska Collective is the brainchild of Specialsʼ bassist, Horace Panter.
He says: “I have wanted to get a band like this together for years; the seductive quality of these rhythms is irresistible … it is impossible to stay still while this music is playing.”
Using the core of the additional musicians from The Specials (keyboards and horn section), he has put together the ultimate moving dance feast.
“The guys Iʼm using are seasoned musicians; they all know one another so the musical rapport is amazing and, like me, they live and breathe this stuff.” ʻThis stuffʼ is classic ska, based around the work of the legendary Skatalites out of Kingston Jamaicaʼs Alpha School. It also ventures into reggae, citing the majestic compositions of Rico Rodriguez, another Alpha alumni and original Specials stalwart. “I want to find a new audience for this music; to my mind it belongs on World Music stages on balmy sunny evenings. Itʼs the musical equivalent of sunshine, the sexiest music in the world!”
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