[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]es, we Ska people can call ourselves lucky to have such a great tradition. A pool of old music that we can listen to again and again. That’s the foundation. From the first releases of The Skatalites to the legendary 2Tone recordings.
But what’s even better: It doesn’t stop there. The pool becomes bigger every year with bands from all over the world adding their take on Ska, Rocksteady and Early Reggae. Today’s originators need not come from Jamaica or England, they can also live in Denmark, Russia or India. They may be 18 or 58. That’s what is keeping our music alive. While The Skatalites (with new members) are still doing their thing. Wow!
At the end of every year it is time to take a look at how the pool of music has become bigger with the “Album of The Year 2012” poll. It runs only for a few days, from 28th December 2012 to January 6th 2013, 23:59 Central European Time. Throughout 2012 we have regularly updated a list with the new albums in a list post, now it’s your turn to vote for your favourite record of the year. This poll was taken over from the blog joescholes.com, where the winners were Alaska (from Switzerland) in 2009, Red Soul Community (Spain) (2010) and Desorden Publico (Venezuela) in 2011.
We have made some changes this year. Since it is hard for us as fans to decide on the one record that stood out, we now allow every voter three (3!) votes. And to let people know about the poll via youtube, we produced a video, in which I play parts of some songs from Obi Fernandez, Dr. Ring Ding and Babylove & The Van Dangos. It’s fun to watch. Go further down to watch it.
This is the first year for REGGAE STEADY SKA. We started the website in the summer of 2012. And we are very pleased about how it is going so far. We loved the great feedback we received for the Madness Album Series, the start of REGGAE STEADY SKA TV, The Ultimate Christmas Wishlit For Ska People, and more.
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And if you like to get involved with REGGAE STEADY SKA, just write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, and now have your vote. Use the comment section for shoutouts to your favourite bands.
The poll is closed: The results will be published on January 7th 2013, at 12:00 (Central European Time).