ROCKSTEADY: THE ROOTS OF REGGAE CONCERT
THE MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA
DAWN PENN (U.K.)
STRANGER COLE (Jamaica)
DJ Mohair Slim
Saturday 1 May 2009 ‐ Corner Hotel, Richmond ‐ Tickets $59 + b.f.
To coincide with the Australian release of the award-winning documentary “Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae”, the Melbourne Ska Orchestra troops have been marshalled for their annual off‐beat skirmish, this time inviting two of the giants of Jamaican Rocksteady: Dawn Penn and Stranger Cole to join the fray.
The night will be a joyous celebration of Jamaican rocksteady, the soulful music that evolved from ska and gave birth to the reggae sound and features the first lady of Rocksteady, Dawn Penn, who had hits including the world wide smash “No, No, No (You Don’t Love Me).
Dawn Penn is visiting Australia for the first time as is Stranger Cole (who is also the narrator of the Rocksteady film). Stranger Cole has the distinction of being one of the few artists to have had hits in all three Jamaican roots eras: Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. From his first records “Rough and Tough”, “Arte Bella” to his rocksteady classics “Down by the Trainline” and “Love Me This Evening”.
As always, the 30‐piece all‐honking, all‐skanking, all‐star behemoth Melbourne Ska Orchestra will provide the musical support to this momentous event.
Supports are: The Moonhops; and selectors Mohair Slim and from the U.S.A., the producer and arranger of “Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae” movie and CD, DJ Mossman.
In MSO tradition, the ladies and gentleman are kindly requested to dress “stylish Caribbean” with brightly coloured dresses for ladies and light trouser with hats for men suggested.