Skylarkin’ Soundsystem presents:
+ The Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers
+ Earl Gateshead (Trojan Soundsystem)
+ Meerkat Del Bandito
+ Count Skylarkin
Saturday November 6th at Oxford Academy
Includes a special afterparty at a nearby venue to be announced on the night till late late late.
“as close to a perfect live band as you could hope to find… the best performance I’ve ever seen… a legendary night”
Nightshift, July 2005
Ska Cubano played one of their very first live shows to a sold-out Oxford Zodiac at Skylarkin’ on May 20th 2005, and still refer to it as one of the best shows they’ve ever played. Count Skylarkin, who worked tirelessly promoting the then little-known 11-piece, still thinks of it as the most perfect night of his professional life. DJ Derek referred to their performance onstage as the finest he’d seen.
“…the packed crowd twisted , swayed and shook (to) a sound that demanded dancing”
Straight No Chaser
Ska Cubano returned to Oxford to play to a sell-out 1,000 people at the newly refurbished Academy in February 2010. That night Count Skylarkin made a promise to bring them back before the end of the year, so that all the people crammed in at the back would have the chance to enjoy the band at closer quarters this time!
The group is the brainchild of the Londoner Natty Bo, lead singer of ska troupe The Topcats, legendary Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues DJ and an avid collector of 1940’s Cuban Mambo and Son. Contained within the group’s cross-Caribbean rhythms you’ll hear reggae, salsa, calypso, mento, afrobeat, Brazilian ritualistic music, Klezmer-style sax, big band brass and cumbia. Combined with exquisite musicianship and vaudevillian stage presence, Ska Cubano are the ultimate party band.
THE NINE TON PEANUT SMUGGLERS
Mark Lamarr-approved 7-piece Ska, Rhythm & Bluebeat Jamaican Boogie-Woogie from Oxford.
‘The best, most authentic ska ever played by white men!’
EARL GATESHEAD (Trojan Soundsystem)
Trojan Soundsystem linchpin Earl Gateshead began DJ’ing in Brixton in 1979.He is well known in London for his 20 year residency at The Dive Bar in London’s Chinatown and his Saturday residency at the Blue Note club. He has worked as selector and MC with Cutty Ranks, Big Youth, Dr Alimantado and Dennis Alcapone. His reggae nights at Plastic People are the stuff of East London legend.
Plus there’ll be a very special afterparty at a nearby venue to be announced on the night!