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MP3 King Django - Roots and Culture SPECIAL EDITION

The legendary King Django has remixed, remastered, and added to his classic Roots and Culture album - the definitive mixture of authentic Jamaican ska and reggae with Jewish culture and music.

13 MP3 Songs
WORLD: Reggae, WORLD: Judaica

A seminal force in the East Coast scene, KING DJANGO has made his name as a singer, ragamuffin MC, songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist (trombone, ukulele, harmonica, melodica, etc.), producer, studio engineer and label owner (Stubborn Records). His recording and touring credits include Stubborn All-Stars, Skinnerbox, Rancid, The Toasters, The Slackers and Murphy''s Law. He always keeps busy and always has a surprise or two up his sleeve.

Drawing on diverse influences such as dancehall, ska, roots reggae, rock, soul, swing, and American and Yiddish folk music, King Django is definitely a hard man to pigeonhole. His versatility within genres of Jamaican grooves, punk and rhythm & blues is unmatched, starting early as the singer and trombonist of legendary NYC ska band The Boilers (1986-1988), evolving through reggae/soul/punk/jazz experimentalists Skinnerbox (1989-1998), and achieving mainstream recognition as the leader of traditional ska supergroup Stubborn All-Stars (1994-1998). After the ska revival died down, King Django was able to devote his full energy to solo material: Roots and Culture (Triple Crown Records, 1998) combined ska, reggae and traditional klezmer music; while Reason (Hellcat/Epitaph, 2001) was an adventurous, eclectic, self-produced rock album deeply grounded in roots reggae, dancehall, hip-hop, and drum and bass.

King Django has toured internationally many times over as a solo artist and also as the leader of Skinnerbox and Stubborn All Stars and as trombonist for Rancid, The Toasters, and legendary New York City hardcore band Murphy''s Law. In the studio, he has worked closely with fellow NYC pals the Skadanks and The Slackers. He recorded with Tim Armstrong, Lars Fredrickson and Matt Freeman of Rancid and Dicky Barrett of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones on Stubborn All Stars¹ Back with A New Batch in 1997 (Triple Crown). At about the same time, Django began collecting studio equipment and soon the legendary Version City was born. Within months, a steady flow of bands flocked to this NY mecca to create warm Jamaican vibes with Django¹s knowledge, production and engineering skills. Over the years, several "Version City" multi-artist collections have been released worldwide showcasing this unique clique that became the heartbeat of East Coast ska/reggae music. The latest of these is Version City Rockers’ Darker Roots (Antifaz Records, Puerto Rico) which features veteran Jamaican artists such as Sugar Minott, Yabby You and the Prophets, Sister Nancy, Ranking Joe and Cedric Brooks.

At present, Django spends a lot of time in his relocated Version City recording studio, now in New Brunswick, NJ. He also performs regularly with his King Django Band, King Django''s Roots and Culture Band, and as a “selector” (DJ) and “DJ” (MC) with his Version City Sound System, among others.

"If you''ve spent more than a minute on the ska scene, you''ll know that [he''s] the original New York rudy...who kept the flame burning even when it was just a candle in the window." - - Alternative Press

The Roots & Culture band is a traditional ska and reggae band, but with a twist: mad Yiddish flavor in the mix. Klezmatics trumpeter Frank London really provided the impetus for this band''s formation. After hearing Django''s 1998 Yiddish reggae album "Roots & Culture," Frank suggested that Django get a band together to play the material live. The Roots & Culture band played its first show at the Workmen''s Circle Purim Party in New York City in February of 2002, opening for the Klezmatics. With a tight rhythm section and blazing 4-piece horns, kicking new tunes in the Yiddish ska vein and lots of chestnuts from Django''s Stubborn All-Stars and Skinnerbox days, Roots & Culture is a party and a half.

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