Kingston Rudieska is a nine-piece ska and jazz outfit from Seoul. Though not the first city to come to mind when you say ‘Ska!’, there is a surprising, fanatical ska and reggae movement in the city. Kingston Rudieska stands proud as Korea’s ska pioneers, fronting the scene with enthusiasm since 2004.
Kingston Rudieska is heavily influenced by the first-wave of Jamaican ska, as well as the Caribbean sounds of reggae and calypso. A great respect for The Skatalites sees them frequently cover the music of the band.
Their instrumental arsenal is vast; fronted by four horns their soulful sound packs a punch as it combines their influences in a jazz-rooted, foot-stomping, word-clever musical feast for the ears.
The group brought ‘FeastSka’, as they refer to their creation, to London to perform as part of the K-Music Festival 2017. Taking to the stage at Borderline they professed their love of London, the BBC show ‘Peaky Blinders’, Ska, and their fans all around the world.
In a venue smaller than their larger-than-life sound deserved, Kingston Rudieska didn’t disappoint. Ska as a genre promises fun, and this is what they delivered. Their rhythmic sounds evoking an impressive response from their audience of fans, new and old.
If you’re looking for something a little different to spin at your festive parties, look no further than Kingston Rudieska. There is no group better equipped to get partygoers on their feet and onto the dancefloor. These Korean ska pioneers get our seal of approval.
This article was written for the UKP Magazine by Unitedkpop