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Lorenzo Aitken (22 April 1927 – 17 July 2005), better known by the stage name Laurel Aitken, was an influential Caribbean singer and one of the pioneers of Jamaican ska music. He is often referred to as the "Godfather of Ska".
Born in Cuba of mixed Cuban and Jamaican descent, Aitken and his family settled in Jamaica in 1938. After an early career working for the Jamaican Tourist Board singing mento songs for visitors arriving at Kingston Harbour, he became a popular nightclub entertainer. Read more on Last.fm
Our good friends and fine purveyors of classic roots reggae, dub and dancehall - Hot Milk Records have a new vinyl, CD and digital release from I Benjahman on the way next week. Check out their bandcamp here and please give their Facebook page a like if you dig these sweet grooves. Bless x
Sep 07, 2017
"Woman is sweeter than man, Woman is sweeter than man, But if a woman is sweeter than me, I'm gonna throw myself in the sea" The High Priest of Reggae (Laurel Aitken) 'Woman Is Sweeter Than Man'
Roll the dice on this lost Laurel Aitken classic. Jamiaca on an original 45
Apr 28, 2017
The man had Boogie in his bones! Great snap of Laurel Aitken dancing on stage here...
Mar 31, 2017
Our friends at The London International Ska Festival return between 13th and 16th April this year with 17 world exclusive events celebrating the very best of ska from its 1960s birth in Jamaica, through its evolution into rocksteady, reggae, dub, 2 Tone and beyond at various London venues. Find out more here...
Some great old photos and footage on this YouTube video (and the tune's pretty tasty too).... Laurel Aitken & The House of Rhythm do 'Al Capone'... https://youtu.be/gwAcPAvTAs0
Mar 01, 2017
Crate-digging with Mr. Aitken - Laurel selects a few of his favourite Blue Beat 45's
Feb 16, 2017
One from the live archive - The Godfather of Ska Laurel Aitken covers 'Stand By Me' by the King of Soul, Ben E. King. We think it's fantastic and we hope you agree.
Feb 07, 2017
Jan 31, 2017
Great photo of Lorenzo at the piano. Wonder what he was playing?
Jan 19, 2017
"Let Me Tell Ya'Bout Sally Brown..."
Jan 11, 2017
Scandal In a Brixton Market (Short Story Bout Brixton)...
Jan 04, 2017
Happy New Year! Here's to a skankin' 2017. Let's get the ball rollin' with a little bit of Laurel live at the London Ska Explosion... "you lookin good in your braces and bovver boots...Skinhead" https://youtu.be/YbvV-Vjsp64