buttonSka Cubano @ Roppongi Hills Arena(2nd May '06)

Happy When It Rains As Havana Comes To Tokyo

Ska Cubano
      "Got your tape and it changed my mind. Heard your voice in between the lines. Come around from another time when nobody ever goes." Okay, sure this event by promoter Conversation has nothing to due with SEMISONIC, BUT these lyrics certainly do in reflecting the instantaneous and sustaining sunshine from 11-member SKA CUBANO. Bringing sweet relief to hard-pressed Tokyoites on an unusually chilly, drizzly night within the well-heeled, boutique-filled Mori Arts complex, this open-air event could have easily been seaside in Havana or Kingston as wide smiles, happy feet and clanking bottles were the rule throughout.

Ska Cubano      With colorful decorations both flanking and adorning the stage by long-time collaborator, friend and illustrator Tamie J.-Hirokawa, a percussionist from DOUBLE FAMOUS, the stage was perfectly set for SKA CUBANO to revel in their rousing revitalizations of the amassed. Sharing and reminding all of life's simple and universal pleasures, their coalescing creativeness from their native lands of Cuba, Jamaica, England and Japan radiated supremely through Natty Bo (vocals), Donaldo Flores (vocals), Rey Crespo (double bass), Jesus Cutino (tress guitar), Ernesto Estruch (piano/keys), Oreste Noda (percussion), Megumi Mesaku (alto & baritone saxophone), Lorenzo Cowan (tenor saxophone & flute), Dr. Sleepy (drums), Trevor Edwards (trombone) and the ever-animated Tan-Tan (trumpet).

Ska Cubano      Proudly promoting their infectious upcoming summer release 'Ay Caramba!' and prior self-titled debut, CUBANO smoothly sail in their rocksteady ska island infused-seas awash their individual and collective happiness mirrored fully on the floor. "Puttin' on the Ritz" style fun resplendently and stridently runs in the shared horn fluttering within "Istanbul" that has all swaying despite a carrying steady drizzle falling. Playfully punctuated by layering solos, "Natty No Dead" raises the tempo in the brisk walking romp. Donaldo breathes a bathing beauty in the big band horn opener Spanish-lipped "Babalu" that continues in "No Me Desesperes." The title track of the forthcoming release echoes resonantly in its frolicking, festive chorus amidst Zoot-suited Natty's warmly embraced encouragement. Donaldo and Natty swing side by side fueled by Oreste's congo conquests and Lorenzo's fluttering flute fluctuations with Natty giving it a fine Strummer approved finish. Yes, these roots go deep and wide. Hands up in the air welcome their first release in the easy ebb and flow of "Ska Cubano," Ernesto's playful keys, Tan-Tan, Trevor, Lorenzo and Megumi's soothing horns compliment Donaldo's lead and Natty's support for a Kingston Bay breeze close.

Ska Cubano      Yet with such one love momentum, SKA CUBANO simply cannot stop this cruise. Blaring his trumpet while ascending onstage, Tan-tan electrifies all with his human beat box deliveries to the shouts and clanking of beer bottles opening their final multi-solo salvo in an extended version of "Revolutionary Ska." Its high-stepping, skipping pulse ensures your mind, body and soul liberation.

      Despite an evening chill, Jamaica and Cuba have never been closer. Can't afford the airfare? SKA CUBANO will bring them to you, happily changing your mentality. Vamonos!
Ska Cubano

report by michael and photos by hanasan

==>top page : JPN / ENG

photos : part1 | 2

buttonmag files : Ska Cubano

buttonHappy When It Rains As Havana Comes To Tokyo : (06/05/02 @ Roppongi Hills Arena) : review by michael, photos by hanasan
buttonphoto report : (06/05/02 @ Roppongi Hills Arena) : photos by hanasan
buttonColumn : もうすぐ煌めく黄金週間。幸せな長期休暇をルーディな匂いでプロデュースしませんか? : (06/04/28) : written by taiki, photos by suguta & hanasan

The official site

Ska Cubano


The latest album

Ska Cubano

"Ay Caramba" (UK import)

previous works

Ska Cubano

"Ska Cubano"

"Ska Cubano" ( UK import )

check the albums?



buttonCD review : 4 : Gerling (28th Apr.)
buttonNo Monkey Business In The Riding Giants Of This Tripartite : Jack Johnson with Coasta and ALO (15th Apr. @ Makuhari Messe)
buttonMaking It All Worthwhile All Natural : Go Jimmy Go (6th Apr. @ Shibuya Lush)
buttonCD review : Island Sounds : Go Jimmy Go (21st Mar.)
buttonCD review : United Paper People : Kisschasy (12th Mar.)
buttonCD review : Eyes Open : Snow Patrol (12th Mar.)
buttonCD review : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (6th Mar.)
buttonReprise Affirms An Eternal Sonic Youth Within And Without : Dinosaur Jr. (26th Feb. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonHappy And You'd Know It With Their Eyes Wide Open : Snow Patrol (21st Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonNo Denying They Help Us Have It Much Better : Franz Ferdinand (10th Feb. @ Nippon Budokan)
buttonContinuing To Give Their Nordic Good Frequencies : Royksopp (1st Feb. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonMaking Heads Turn, Ears Perk And Feet Happy With Ease : Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (24th Jan. @ Shibuya Club Quattro)


buttonCross-Generational Yuletide Confections For Birthday Cheer : Shonen Knife & Beat Crusaders (18th Dec. @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonA Sort Of Homecoming For These Pilgrims : Feeder (8th Nov. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonCD review : Abuzeek : Farida's Cafe (16th Oct.)
buttonBright Northern Lights In This Big City : The Marble Index (13th Oct. @ Harajuku Astro Hall)
buttonLeaders Of Men...The Park's Urban Flight Gives An Inoculation To Fear : Maximo Park (6th Oct. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonTales Of Codependence Score A T.K.O. In Tokyo : Aimee Mann (3rd Oct. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonAll The Way Mad, All The Way Hyped And Rightfully So : Armand Van Helden / Santos (30th Sept. @ Shin-Kiba aGeha)
buttonCD review : The Warrior's Code : Dropkick Murphys (22nd Sept.)
buttonCarefree Curiosity Fuels This Feline Far From Home : Anna Nalick (22nd Sept. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonMellow Post-Juno Transmissions In The East From The Great White North : Feist (21st Sept. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonCD review : What's It All About? : Rinaldi Sings (12th Sept.)
buttonCD review : Hope You Die Soon By Overdose : Arkangel (10th Sept.)
buttonCD review : One Step Closer : String Cheese Incident (8th Sept.)
buttonCD review : Antigone : Heaven Shall Burn (31st Aug.)
buttonCD review : This Is The New Pop : Love Me Butch (9th Aug.)
buttonMaking Infectious Post-Fuji Rock Neapolitan Love Within Sterile Walls Of Tokyo : The Dawn of New Wave vol.3 feat. The Go! Team, The Magic Numbers and The Futureheads (2nd Aug. @ Liquidroom Ebisu)
buttonCD review : Tsu Ku Shi N Bow : PE'Z (15th Jul.)
buttonCD review : Band Of Outsiders : Potion (13th Jul.)
buttonCD review : Come To The End : FC FIVE (9th Jul.)
buttonCD review : Dresden Dolls : The Dresden Dolls (9th Jul.)
buttonCD review : This Is Love, This Is Murderous : Bleeding Through (30th Jun.)
buttonAlive And Kicking...Wales' Latest Chanteuse Unfurls Her Disarming Reassurances : JEM (7th Jun. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonCD review : Underneath Are Phantoms : The Tunnel Of Love (4th Jun.)
buttonCD review : Enter The Enemy : Everybody's Enemy (3rd Jun.)
buttonA Final Episode More Than Satisfying... Boom Boom Satellites' Latest Reality Of Elevating Pleasures : Jack Johnson w/G.Love & Special Sauce (25th May. @ Tokyo Shinagawa Prince Stellar Ball)
buttonA Final Episode More Than Satisfying... Boom Boom Satellites' Latest Reality Of Elevating Pleasures : Boom Boom Satellites (19th May. @ Shibuya AX)
buttonA Global-A-Go-Go Tune-Up In Effervescence For A Slightly Slimmed Down 26-Piece Shibusa Shirazu : Shibusa Shirazu (13th Apr. @ Kichijoji Star Pine's Cafe)
buttonAn Ongoing 8 Year-Old Reality Of Superfluous Elevating Pleasures... Boom Boom Satellites Christen Their Latest Most Welcomed Hedonistic Chapter : Boom Boom Satelites (7th Apr. @ Ebisu Liquidroom)
buttonA 10 Plus Year Gestation Of International Minor Threats Collectively Hit Tokyo : The Dillinger Escape Plan
with Melt-Banana and EMOK (10th Mar. @ Shinjuku Loft)
buttonFilthy, Gorgeous And Utterly Magnifique In An Most Aptly Titled Venue... : Scissor Sisters (25th Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonAn Inaugural Tokyo Come Together For Now And Forever... : The Delgados with Autour de Lucie(16th Feb. @ Shibuya Quattro)
buttonAnother Day, Another Earned... : Hatebreed (12th Feb. @ Daikanyama Unit)
buttonYou Can't Stop Thinking About Her... : Rachael Yamagata (31st Jan. @ Shibuya Quattro)

無断転載を禁じます。The copyright of the article belongs to Michael Lara and the same of the photos belongs to (The Voice Of Silence). They may not be reproduced in any form whatsoever.counter
==>Back To The Top Page : JPN / ENG.