• No #1 resource for the global ska community

Catch A Fire – A Tribute To Bob Marley & The Wailers

The celebrations of 50 years of Jamaican independence continue this October with a spectacular series of concerts by a heavily expanded version of Jazz Jamaica paying tribute to Bob Marley and The Wailers’ Catch A Fire, the album that turned Marley into an international superstar in 1973.

Gary Crosby OBE, band leader

On stage the Jazz Jamaica All Stars and Urban Soul Orchestra will combine into a 30-piece orchestra featuring former Aswad singer Brinsley Forde on lead vocals.

Jazz Jamaica is led by Gary Crosby OBE, the Artistic Director of Tomorrow’s Warriors and nephew of the great Jamaican guitarist, Ernest Ranglin OD. In the past 20 years Jazz Jamaica have released a number of exquisite albums, inventing and defining the musical genre of Jamaican Jazz in the process. Their line-up has often featured legendary Jamaican performers like Rico Rodriguez, Michael “Bammie” Rose, Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton and Tony Uter.

Apart from fronting Aswad from 1975 to 2008, legendary singer Brinsley Forde has also tried his hand at acting. He appeared in the James Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever and played the character Blue in the cult Reggae movie Babylon.

To get an idea of what to expect, take a look at a clip from the opening night in Nottingham. Or watch the trailer for the tour.

We will be in London for the show on 24th October to find out if it is really as good as it sounds. Watch this space…

Be quick, if you want to go, for some of the dates there are not many tickets left:

Fri 28 Sep  NOTTINGHAM  Royal Concert Hall  0115 989 5555

Fri 12 Oct  SOUTHAMPTON  Guildhall  023 8059 5151

Sat 13 Oct  BIRMINGHAM  Birmingham Town Hall  0121 345 0600

Wed 24 Oct  LONDON  Queen Elizabeth Hall  0844 875 0073

Fri 26 Oct  LEEDS  Leeds Town Hall  0113 224 3801

Wed 31 Oct  LEICESTER  De Montfort Hall  0116 233 3111

Fri 02 Nov  EDINBURGH  Usher Hall  0131 228 1155

Previous ArticleNext Article
Ever since the Two Tone bug bit him in the early 1980s, Pete has been a dedicated follower of Ska. Thirty years, hundreds of gigs and thousands of records later, he still just can't stop it. Besides writing here, he occasionally contributes to Dynamite magazine and is one of the organisers of the Freedom Sounds Festival in Cologne.
Send this to a friend