Later today in Hong Kong, 8 ska bands will be duking it out in a series called Ska Wars organized by the amazing people behind Amusix Productions. If you’re in the city – you may actually be able to attend this private event by emailing the organizers here: [email protected]
Check out all the info below:
What is Ska Wars – Battle of the Gangs?
It is a two-hour program featuring the battle among 8 bands, formed by 30 AMUSIX students aged 7 to 60, with the winning band getting a free recording session at a professional recording studio. The bands will be performing songs from legendary ska bands such as The Specials, The Wailers, Subline, Madness and Mad Caddies. They will be supported by the fantastic Groupe Electrogene Fanfare Club Horns to bring the uniqueness, energy, and groove of Ska during these difficult months of fighting the coronavirus.
What is Ska?
Ska emerged in Jamaica in the late 1950s during a time of growing nationalism in its era of British colonial rule. After achieving independence in 1962, Ska became the heartbeat of a nation in transition and created metaphorical, emotional, and political meanings through lyrics and rhythms that helped to frame the nation’s independence.
Ska is commonly known for its three waves: the original Jamaican scene of the 1960s; the 2Tone ska revival of the late 1970s in Britain; and the third wave, which involved bands from a wide range of countries around the world, in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Ska music, with its quick, infectious, and upbeat rhythms, is made for dancing and is a great counterpoint to the many challenges facing Hong Kong over the past year.
AMUSIX was founded in 2008 with a mission to bring the love of music into your life. Yearly music programs are available at the AMUSIX studio in Wanchai which features a fully outfitted rock band stage, an intimate family-room style stage and a lounge and resting area for students and parents to enjoy music together. The center gives students the opportunity to try different types of
instruments, including but not limited to guitar, drums, bass, piano, and ukulele, as well as voice lessons.
Three music shows are organized annually, giving students the opportunity to experience the vibe of being in a band with fellow students and live accompaniment. Apart from instrument lessons, AMUSIX also develops students’ interest in songwriting, music production and video production, offering music-related experiences from all angles and approaches to students of all ages.