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Ska is a serious thing


Just in case y’all didn’t know, ska can kill you.  Serious.  And this isn’t even comparable to some half-baked urban myth lionising a Gabba raver who was so ‘into it’ that he simply dropped dead when the sunlight came up and the incessant pounding stopped.  That was too many drugs.  Ska can kill anyone, regardless of what may or may not be pervading their bloodstream.  Like a musical Dirty Harry, it has no mercy.  Forget swine flu, this is the real pandemic.  And if you don’t believe me, here is the testimony of a man so eager to reveal Jamaica’s deadliest weapon that he risks a manslaughter charge at best;  Skatalites double-bass player Lloyd Brevett ……

Not scared yet?  You should be.  But for those foolhardy types who like to stare danger in the face and insult her mother, here is the newly-reformed Skatalites playing Live at Reggae Sunsplash in 1983.  If I don’t hear anything, I’ll assume Brevett’s hypothesis was right and his double-bass ‘heartbeat’ has ‘taken you out’ too………

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The Skatalites – Fidel Castro