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The Reggae Steady Ska Band Questionnaire No 1 – gimpelakwa


Welcome to the Reggae Steady Ska band questionnaire series. If you like to see your band or another artist being featured in the questionaire, let us know in the comments or write an email to joachim@reggae-steady-ska.com.

And now over to gimpelakwa from Jena with musicians from Germany, Russia and Malawi, who kick off the Reggae Steady Ska band questionnaire series.

Band’s/artist’s name: gimpelakwa

Active since: 1996
Line-Up: Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Bass, Sax, Clarinet, Trumpet, Piano, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussions, see the current names on the band’s Facebook page.
Three words that describe your music/performance
wild east speed

Your van stops in front of a venue. Someone accidentally comes by, sees your equipment and asks about your band. How do you convince her or him to come to your show later?
new wild ska with influences from Balkans, jazz and classical music

What’s the most-likely compliment from fans after a show?
sweaty with a satisfied smile on my face

What are sure signs that your show has been a success?
All are drenched and dance and laugh together

Have you got any mentors/idols that helped you get your act together, or inspired you?
James Brown and Bob Marley

What do you like more: Performing live or recording in the studio?
Performing live

What does your rehearsal spot look like?
the cellar in a castle

If there was an inscription above your rehearsal room, what should it be?
This is wild east speed Ska

Which other band is closest to you personally?
Babylon Circus

What’s the best thing about the global Ska community?
To get in contact with Bands from other countries

Were there any moments you wanted to quit? What made you go on?
We want to bring tolerance and fun to the people

Your releases so far were …?
“Wild East Speed Ska” (Album) “Massendynamik” (EP)
“Mischkonsum”(EP), “ Chadiotik Interskational”(Live CD)

Three facts that mustn’t be missing in any text about you?
selfmade music with german lyrics, highspeed ska,
influences from Balkans, jazz and classical music

What are your next steps?
to go in the studio for the new EP

What’s the best way for fans, friends to stay in contact with you?
Facebook, email: jost@gimpelakwa.de

questionnaire by Reggae Steady Ska and The Ska Music Yearbook.

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With his Ska band The Braces (1984-1991, 2000-2006) Joachim Uerschels released three albums for Unicorn, Pork Pie and Mad Butcher Records. He lives in Cologne, Germany as a writer and musician. In 2016, he published his solo debut album "Songbook Vol. II" as Joe ScholesJoe Scholes
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