Music heard ’round the world

Music heard ’round the world

Music heard 'round the world

“It hard to find any person at a Skatalites concert who isn’t moving some part of their body, whether they’re 5 or 85 years old,” according to Ken Stewart, the band’s keyboard player and manager. Stewart is speaking via phone from the UK, where the group was taking a rare break from its vigorous 2005 European tour. He still marvels at ska’s enduring appeal since it became Jamaica’s first commercial musical form. “What’s amazing to me is that young kids will come out and see an instrumental [ska] group,” Stewart says. “To see 12-year-old kids going out to hear something like this rather than Britney Spears is great.”

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