Trojan in conjunction with the world-famous London International Ska Festival continues its long-standing undertaking of presenting the very best in ska, rock steady and reggae sounds with its first UK tour in 4 decades.
Performing live on the tour are the all-new Pama International who during their first 10 years recorded 9 albums, played 3 BBCRadio 1 Maida Vale sessions and won the Rebel Playlist on BBC6. Their collective nature saw them work with members of The Specials, Madness, Steel Pulse, Style Council, Galliano, Kasabian, Billy Bragg, Mad Professor, Michie One, Wrongtom and Jamaican legends Derrick Morgan, Dave & Ansel Collins, Dawn Penn, Dennis Alcapone and Rico Rodriguez. Constant touring saw them gig with Madness, The Specials, Toots & The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Prince Buster, Mick Jones (The Clash), Third World, Lee Perry, Max Romeo, Janet Kay and Caroll Thompson to name a few!
Now, with a brand new line-up and after a 7 year hiatus, they return in fine style with their ‘Love & Austerity’ album, which sees release this spring on the Record Kicks label and comprises of no less than 8 singles! The group's reworking of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' soul classic 'Heatwave' has already picked up airplay from BBC1xtra (David Rodigan: “premier rocksteady”), BBC6 Music’s Craig Charles'Funk & Soul show‘Best of 2016’ (“as ever, their productions and taste is faultless”), Don Letts, Chris Hawkins and BBC Radio 2's Alex Lester.
Appearing alongside them on the tour is the ever excellent DJ Mistah Brown (Tighten Up crew) as well as a number of regional guest DJs.
Details are as follows:
13th January: Bristol - The Full Moon & Attic Bar
14th January: Nottingham - The Maze
27th January: Reading - Purple Turtle - free entry
11the February: Leeds - The Wardrobe
11th March: Blaenau-Ffestiniog - Cellb
17th March: Cardiff - The Globe
So come and join us for an evening of blistering hot ska, rock steady and reggae sounds as we celebrate the most iconic reggae label in the world!