There is one band however that was there from the beginning of it all and is still touring the world. Yes, it is the "Fathers of Ska" the Skatalites. After a 40 year period and the deaths of some of the founding members, the Skatalites are still around and know not of what the phrase "Call it quits" means. They won't stop until the whole world is dancing to that "Kingston beat" in perfect unity.
The era of the Skatalites continues with this 1997 release, "Ball of Fire". The name is very appropriate for the album, because the album contains 10 scorching instrumental tracks, so bring a glass of water with you, if you can't stand the heat.
The band has taught yet another generation about what Ska music really is. We are grateful for that. So bow your heads with respect for this amazing group, because without them Ska, Raggae, Rocksteady, and even your Ska-core bands would not exist. Peace!
Alex Rud is Contributing Columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.