Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Les Ejectes, Rhoda Dakar, and Tommy Rock-A-Shacka Join 2011 London Int'l Ska Fest!

Things are moving at so fast and furious a pace at the 2011 London International Ska Festival, we can barely keep up. French act Les Ejectes (you might remember them from Unicorn's 1989 Vive le Ska comp?) are now slated to perform at the fest:
Formed in 1988, Les Ejectes are one of the longest running, hardest working, and most loved French ska bands. From the outset the band stood on a politically charged crossroads of punk, ska, reggae and rhythm and blues. Equally inspired by the French artists Nino Ferrer and Serge Gainsbourg, they have released 10 albums, including mixes with Mad Professor.

Les Ejectes have toured Iceland, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Tunisia, Spain, Canada, Lithuania, USA, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Canada, Romania, Switzerland and of course their native France, with shows alongside Mano Negra, The Mescaleros, Murphys Law, Rita Marley, Maroon Town, Bob Dylan, Beastie Boys and Iggy Pop, in the process building a huge grassroots following. Their politically charged and socially aware stance has led them to active involvement on the anti-facist and anti-racist scenes, as well as backing ecological and youth enterprises, particularly supporting new musicians.

2010 has seen the release of their superb new album 'To The Roots.'

Also, Rhoda Dakar (Bodysnatchers and The Special AKA) and Tommy Rock-A-Shacka have signed on as DJs!

Here's the complete line-up as of right now (more to be added, of course):


Ken Boothe (Jamaica)*
The English Beat starring Dave Wakeling (US)
Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths (Jamaica)*
James Hunter (UK)
The Ska Flames (Japan)*
Dub Pistols (UK)
The Trojans (UK)
The Loafers (UK, one-off reformation)*
The Hotknives (UK, original line-up)*
Bim skala Bim (USA)*
Maroon Town (UK)
Intensified (UK)
Napoleon Solo (Denmark)*
The Caroloregians (Belgium)
Les Ejectes (France)*
The Amphetameanies (Scotland)
The Sidewalk Doctors (UK)
Cartoon Violence (Wales)
Jimmy the Squirrel (UK)
(* denotes exclusive shows)


Mark Lamarr
Gaz Mayall
Rhoda Dakar
Tommy Rock-A-Shacka (Japan)
The Tighten Up Crew featuring Champian MC
Jim Cox (Reggae Train)
Greedy G
Felix Hall

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