Back by popular demand after an incredible impact at CMF last year!
Conducted by Nicky Bomba in his ad hoc style, the music of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra covers the golden ska period from 1963 (Skatalites, Wailers) through to the British Two Tone craze (Madness, Specials, etc) and anything positive or significant in between. With original tunes, reggae, rocksteady classics and latin-based ska in the mix, this 30-piece orchestra is dedicated to energizing its audiences.
MSO members hail from some of Australia’s leading ska & reggae bands, with many shows featuring special guests including Joe Camilleri, Jali Buba Kuyateh, Dereb Desalegn, Nadee and international reggae greats such as Carlos Malcolm, Dawn Penn and Stranger Cole. The bands first international invite was Jamaican singing legend Owen Gray, resulting in a massive sold-out show. As a result Nicky and Owen recorded the track “Inna One Yard” (featured on the ‘Weekend Sessions 2’ compilation)
First started in 2003 by musical dynamo and John Butler Trio drummer, Nicky Bomba and PBS FM announcer / Jamaican music historian Mohair Slim, MSO is dedicated to educating and entertaining audiences to the sweet sounds of Jamaican ska and roots music and the evolution of the genre. MSO is fast becoming an institution in the Australian music scene with recent festival performances proving, without a doubt, the international calibre of this mighty orchestra. Skank on!