Kovalam Literary Festival : “The Ska Vengers” Live

This news sourced from Deccan Chronicle dated 02.10.2011.  Posting in full for annotation reasons.  Our thanks to “Deccan Chronicle”. Also, thanks to Mr.Jayan Rajan who uploaded those moments in Facebook and to R.Mahesh,the photographer.

Some excerpts

The eight-member crew stepped on stage to play a mix of ska, rock-steady and reggae music with elements of jazz dub and hip hop.

Ska, a modern style of Jamaican popular music which emerged in the 1950s as a blend of African-Jamaican folk music, calypso, and American jazz and rhythm and blues forms one of the key elements of the band.

The music is most noted for its fast shuffling, scratch-like tempo and jazz-like horn riffs with a heavy accent on the offbeat. Their songs — Bam intifadaGunshotVampireRough and MeanMessage to you Modi — seemed to touch on problems of social oppression.

“This kind of music is rare to hear in Thiruvananthapuram. I also found it pleasant to see a lady in the lead. She showed grace and attitude,” says Manu R., who was part of the audience.

Delhi Sultanate did the male vocals, Stefan Kaye was on the keyoboard, Rie Ona on the saxophone, Tony Basson the Bass and Nikhil Vasudevan on the Drums.

Those who missed the chance;here they are with the live performance.

About “The Ska Vengers”

The band was formed in New Delhi in the fall of 2009, when members of psyche-disco group Emperor Minge, Stefan ‘Flexi’ Kaye (Keyboard, vocals), ‘The Late’ Nikhil Vasudevan (drums), Tony ‘Bass’ Guinard (bass) and singer/actor Miss Samara C joined forces with Reggae Rajahs’ Soundsystem DJ Raghav ‘Diggy’ Dang (guitar), forming India’s first ska/rockstedy band. The crew strengthened its lineup when dancehall singer/toasta and founding member of BASSFoundation, Taru Dalmia aka Delhi Sultanate was added to the fold the following year. Following the release of their first song ‘Rudeboy Skank’ on the Stupiditties IV compilation in October 2010. 

The band created huge waves with a handful of gigs at Ska! Ska! Ska! evenings at Q’BA with their now expanded line up featuring Rie Ona (sax) and Yohei Sato (trombone). Most recently the group played a storming set at Q’BA with Banghra Muffman, Apache Indian, played at Justice on Trial/Free Binayak Sen event at Alliance Francaise and even performed an original piece with writer and social activist Arundhati Roy at a book launch. The band are putting finishing touches to their debut album which is due to be released by end of October when the group will embark on a tour taking in a few big cities who have been deprived of quality live agitprop dance music for too long.

More about “The Ska Vengers” here

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