Lee's Palace Presents
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 19 and over
The World's most influential reggae group, The skatalites have been producing music of the finest caliber for over forty
years, either as a group or individually as players on countless reggae classics.
Formed in Jamaica in 1964 by several of the island's finest session musicians, The skatalites' unique fusion of boogie-woogie, R&B, Jazz, mento, calypso and African rhythms introduced the World to ska, which in turn evolved into today's modern reggae sound. The original group broke up in 1965 after a short eighteen months of existence, leaving its members to pursue solo careers for a number of years.
Their recording of 'Guns Of Navarone' even made the U.K. singles charts in 1967, becoming one of the first-ever ska hits. The group reformed for the first time in 1975 and several times again in the years since, playing concerts throughout the world and recording a series of critically-acclaimed albums - they were Grammy Award-nominated in both 1996 and 1997 for best reggae album. Not surprising for a group of its size and longevity, The skatalites has seen a number of personnel changes over the years, yet has always maintained its superb level of musicianship and has prided itself in carrying on the innovative spirit of the original group.