Andrew Dembina presents this one-hour weekly programme devoted to reggae and ska music. With tunes from Jamaica, naturally, and from all around the world, the series will, once again, include tracks and news of happenings in Asia – including our own Hong Kong.
The first instalment is all about brand new music – the very freshest of current reggae and ska. Episode two chronicles some older classics from these genres, and rocksteady. From then on, it’s a tuneful mix of new and old to get the toes tapping and the body skanking from 9pm to 10pm on Saturday nights.
Catch it live: Every Saturday, from 9pm~10pm
On this week’s programme (16/03), new, recent and retro tunes span the US, the UK, and – naturally – Jamaica. Two atmospheric 1968 singles reflect that short period when original ska slowed itself down, to become known as ‘rocksteady’. We hear hits from that era by The Ethiopians and The Melodians. Among recent-release plays, listen out for a hypnotising Skip Marley take on one of his grandfather Bob’s singles.
On this week’s show (12/01), The Saturday Skank plays top new acts in both reggae and ska, with a focus on Jamaica and the UK. Very new reggae from kicks off with Jamaican singer and DJ, Queen Ifrica. And we hear a less-remembered all-girl British ’80s ska single from The Bodysnatchers