The Hipster Go-Go Dancers Teach The Ska

Posted on May 25th, 2009 by JJ Loy

Found this awesome online Ska dance clinic, from The Hipster Go-Go Dancers.  There have been many attempts through the years to teach the ska and skanking, using the internet, but few have been accurate or even useful.

Enter the Hipster Girls. They break it down and make it easy, describing the basic Ska dance moves, distinguishing it from Annette Funicello’s Jamaican Ska, and including variations like, The Dog, The Skank, The Monkey and even a section on doing the Rocksteady.  They even provide suitable tunes to practice to.

From The Hipster Go-Go Dancers’ page:

The Hipster Go-Go Dancers performed non-suggestive, early to mid 60s, original and authentic, go-go/fad dances and are not associated with todays burlesque, strippers, erotic dancers or modern go-go. (Modern go-go dancers are erotic dancers anyway). Think music shows between 1964 and 1966 and Swinging London fashion.

The only real drawback to the site, is a lack of illustration.  There are, of course, very cute animated gifs at the top of the page… but beyond that, there isn’t a much of a visual element.  What these hipster dancer’s lack in web 2.0- they make up for in autenticity.  Absolutely fantastic!

UPDATE:  It looks like Kathy from the Hipster Go Go’s has struck out on her own.  The new home for The Original Ska Moves page can be found here.

Comments (2) May 25 2009

Ska Online: Desirable DVDs Abound

Posted on March 27th, 2008 by JJ Loy

My last post pointed you to an upcoming Rocksteady documentary, but that is far from the only interesting documentary coming down the pike.  Here’s three other projects with accompanying trailers:

Legends of Ska: The Movie

This one looks to be a similar idea as the Rocksteady doc-  get all the heavy hitters from around the world, film a concert, record some music, and shoot some interviews.

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The Birth of Ska in Britain

Here we have a doc that will cover the migration of Jamaican music to the UK, featuring Duke Vin, Count Suckle, and Daddy Vego, to name a few.

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The Skatalites – Live in Sao Paulo

Here’s one I mentioned a few months ago.  Victor Rice and the folks at Radiola Records have put together a live presentation of this not-so-original line-up.  Release date is as soon as April 7.

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Comments (0) Mar 27 2008

Rocksteady Documentary In the Works

Posted on March 25th, 2008 by JJ Loy

It’s way early in development but The Jamaican Gleaner reports a reunion of Rocksteady legends. The event will result in a new record and the participators will be the subject of a feature length documentary. The producer is optimistic about the films chances stating, “that it would not be a straight-to-DVD film, but a blockbuster.”

From the Gleaner:

According to Boulos [line producer], the project is two years in the making. The musicians who are flying in for the film, record and concert are singer, Dawn Penn, arranger and band leader Lynn Taitt, and singer, Hopeton Lewis. They will be joined on stage and in the recording studio at Tuff Gong by the legendary performers who still live in Jamaica, including Ken Boothe, Judy Mowatt, Strangejah Cole, Derrick Morgan, Leroy Sibbles, Marcia Griffiths, Scully Simms, The Tamlins and U-Roy.

Also in the film are musicians Gladdy Anderson, Hux Brown, Sly Dunbar, Lloyd Parkes, Jackie Jackson, Headley Bennett, Glen DaCosta, Vin Gordon, David Madden and Bongo Herman.

Link to the story

Comments (0) Mar 25 2008

Marley explains the Jamaican Music styles

Posted on December 5th, 2007 by JJ Loy

I know you know the difference, and you know that I know the difference, but if you know someone that doesn’t- you should show them this video.

It’s Bob Marley off-handedly clarifying the beats that differentiate Ska, Reggae, and Rocksteady, in a ’70′s interview.

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Comments (2) Dec 05 2007