The Skatalites‘ main claim to fame is the stream of ska singles/albums they recorded in the sixties. Their breakup in 1965 resulted in two new groups: Rolando Alphonso and the Soul Vendors and Tommy McCook and the Supersonics. All musicians drifted in and out of recording sessions and groups, moved to different countries etc – life. The eighties and nineties saw renewed interest in their classic ska sides, and “The Skatalites” (by now consisting of a wholly different group of musicians) have been touring ever since.
What a lot of people don’t know is that the group briefly re-united in the seventies to record this album. A shame, because “African Roots” (also known as “The legendary skatalites” is a deep and mellow instrumental album that easily incorporates dub, surf guitar and jazz. Click the link above to check out one of my recent favorites, and search out the dub if you want more of the same with loads of sublime echo.