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Skacore: Guest Blog by Jef Delvaux

The following is a guest blog by friend and fellow skamrade Jef Delvaux. If you have a topic about which you would like to opine beyond a Facebook post, please let me know–I’m happy to provide a space for inquiry and discussion! Heather Augustyn Recently Aaron Porter – whose name is somewhat prominent in the online digital ska-world but otherwise

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Tribute to Bobby “Little Bra” Gaynair

I was so sad to learn that legendary tenor saxophonist and Alpha Boys’ School alumnus Bobby “Little Bra” Gaynair died on June 23, 2021. Bobby and his wife Anne, who died a few weeks before him on May 8th, both became friends of mine and were two of the kindest people on the planet. I knew something was amiss when

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Skastalt Theory

I recently read a post by a newly popular ska musician who claimed that ska was defined by the rhythm. True. However, my gut cringed. I thought, “What about the horns?! It’s all about the horns! Everything is better with horns!” But then I quickly realized that many fantastic ska bands do what they do sans horns, which doesn’t make

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New Millie Small Single Released Posthumously

First single in two decades, “Beautiful Day,” Release set for April 30th Though Legendary Jamaican recording artist died on May 5, 2020, her legacy will live forever. To celebrate her passion for life and love of music, the world will once again experience the effervescent Millie Small with a new recording, “Beautiful Day,” released on April 30, 2021, now available

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Sean Connery, 007

As if 2020 hasn’t been bad enough, the world received news that legendary Scottish actor Sir Thomas Sean Connery died in Nassau on Halloween. Though he played many iconic characters during the course of his lengthy career, such as the father of Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade, William of Baskerville in The Name of the Rose (one of my

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Time Tough: A Tribute to Toots

My phone pinged at 3:30 a.m. Still asleep I grasped in the dark toward the sound, clutched the device and looked at the screen, bright light blinding me. It was Julianne, Byron Lee’s daughter. It wasn’t unusual to get a message from her–we keep in touch pretty regularly, but what could it be at this time of night? “Heather I

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The Original Specials?

What’s In a Name We all know that words can have multiple meanings and that context is everything. As a student and teacher of rhetoric, I will refrain from digressing here, but suffice to say that when The Specials in the 2Tone era chose their name, the word “specials” was a reference to the one-off acetate recording (later called the

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Tribute to Apple Gabriel

I was shocked to learn of the death of Apple Gabriel at the end of March. I hadn’t heard from him in some time, but that wasn’t unusual. Sometimes Apple would hit a rough patch and go silent. His health, his bouts with homelessness, his transient lifestyle all made keeping in regular touch difficult. But this, I did not expect.

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Sister Ignatius’s Record Collection

Sister Iggy was a deejay. A selector. A collector. In order to help instruct her boys in the Alpha Boys’ School Band, Sister Mary Ignatius Davies curated her own record collection, enlisting the help of Alpharian Floyd Lloyd Seivright who sadly passed away in November 2018. Seivright, Winston “Sparrow” Martin, and numerous other Alpha Boys had told me about Sister

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It’s A Small World: Millie Small’s Daughter, Jaelee Small, Releases Memoirs EP

You can hear it in her voice–she is definitely her mama’s child. But Jaelee Small does not, by any means, sing in the shadow of her mother, Millie Small. Jaelee is her own woman, with her own sound and her own deeply creative vision which is on full display in her new EP titled Memoirs (Part II). This five-song collection,