Saturday, February 23, 2019

Ska Boom Podcast: Skavoovee Tour of 1993 Brings Ska To America

I’m writing an oral history about the birth of American ska and reggae called Ska Boom: An Oral History About The Birth of American Ska & Reggae that will be published by DiWulf Publishing later this year or in early 2020. I've created this podcast to document the book writing process and in this podcast I’m telling the story of the 1993 Skavoovee tour of the U.S. featuring the Skatalites, Special Beat, the Selecter and the Toasters which had much to do with expanding the popularity of ska across the U.S. The podcast includes interviews with vocalist Coolie Ranx of the Toasters/Pilfers, Randy "Now" Ellis of City Gardens fame, who was the Skavoovie tour manager and Special Beat keyboardist Sean Flowerdew.


HarderThanYou said...

I'm pretty sure that show at Liberty Hall in Lawrence (the flyer posted) never happened. I have the same flyer and was going to go but then it didn't happen. Not sure what happened.

Marco On The Bass said...

Thanks for letting me know! There is very little online about that tour and I could only find this picture.