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Skapiti Coasters with Hurricane Wills

Skapiti Coasters with Hurricane Wills

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  • Wed 18 Dec ’13, 9:00pm


Bodega, 101 Ghuznee St, Te Aro, Wellington



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  • General Admission: $10.00



Up tempo, good-time music is how Kapiti Coast sax man Paul Bognuda describes the ska sound.

Paul, "aka Boggy ", belongs to five-piece ska band Skapiti. They will be bringing their sound to Opunake as part of their Blues meets Ska show being hosted at the Surf Inn. The band have made a name for themselves in the ska scene in Wellington playing with bands such as Battleska Galactica, Dimestore Skank and Royal Rumble.

Skapiti formed two years ago at the home of vocalist Brett Pryor "it's taken a couple of years to work up an evenings entertainment of original songs and we have over an hour of material now, teaming up with Hurricane Shayn Wills and putting on a Blues meets Ska show has allowed us to tour and hold our own gigs…" The blues and Ska show toured the south island this year and has played gigs in other North Island cities such as Wanganui and New Plymouth.

Shayn Hurricane Wills was only 18 when he started playing at the Java Jive. The youngster's music skills set him apart, though, and a national music magazine reviewer once described him as "one of the original black Mississippi Blues legends, reincarnated and living in Auckland, New Zealand".

The reviewer's claim was perhaps supported by international blues legends Albert King, Junior Wells, Robert Cray, John Hammond Jnr, Canned Heat and Duke Robilard, who each had him open for their concerts.

Ska is not a well-known music genre, Bognuda admits, but most people will have heard Millie Small's 1960s song My Boy Lollipop. It was one of the most commercially-famous ska songs and in more recent years British bands such as The Specials and The Clash have fused ska with rockabilly, reggae and punk. In New Zealand, Battleska Galatica, The Managers, The WBC, The Offbeats, The Bones, Skappa , Dimestore Skank and Ska Child have all identified themselves as ska bands.

Ska came from Jamaica where musicians added an uptempo, happy swing to rhythm and blues music coming from the United States.

Skapiti music is all original and written by various members of the band, past and present. The band plan to perform in the UK and Jamaica early next year.

9pm, $10 on the door

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