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Whitley Bay's Trojan Rooms are dead chuffed to be hosting the town's First 3-Day Reggae and Ska Festival, a celebration of some of the joyous, heady music of the Caribbean. Nice up your weekend!

Whitley Bay Reggae & Ska Festival, May 13-15 2010
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Been and gone — thanks to all who took part! The Reggae Festival will return next year!
Where it's at... You can't miss it... The Trojan Rooms are located at 26-32 South Parade, Whitley Bay, right next door to the world famous Avalon hotel and bar, about halfway down Whitley's famous party strip.

Hey hey what's happenin'... 3 nights of pumping Reggae and jumping Ska from 8pm till late on the following nights by the following terrific artists:

Thursday 13th May
Instrument of Jah Sound System
Root One with Danman & Bongo Chilli

Friday 14th May
Jamaican Ska Sound System
G-Men — "The No.1 Ska Band"
Big Fat Panda — "Top Edinburgh Ska Band"

Saturday 15th May
Inspirational Sound System
Wayne McArthur & The Universal Players

Thinking of going? Tickets are £10 per night BUT why not SAVE 5 by buying a Weekend Ticket and get 3 nights for 25!

Tickets are available from the Trojan Rooms by contacting Mick on 0191 251 0080, e-mail mick@thetrojanrooms.co.uk or visit the website at www.thetrojanrooms.co.uk
Handy Guide to some musical genres of the Caribbean
The music of the Caribbean, particularly that from Jamaica, has become incredibly popular throughout the world. Here, to heighten your enjoyment of the Festival, is a quick rundown of some of the popular styles you should encounter.
REGGAE

Reggae first appeared as a distinct genre of music in the late '60s, evolving out of other musical styles, such as Ska, Mento (a '50s Jamaican folk music), and R&B. Reggae is characterized by a heavy backbeat, the emphasis of which is usually on beats 2 and 4, when in 4/4 time. This backbeat is typical of all African-based musics. Reggae drummers emphasize the 3rd beat when in 4/4 time with a kick to the bass drum. Reggae remains the music with which most folks associate with Jamaica.
DANCEHALL

Dancehall is a kind of urban folk which came out of Jamaica in the mid to late '70s. It is generally considered the direct predecessor of Rap. Dancehall involves, in a nutshell, a deejay 'toasting' (or 'rapping') over a 'riddim'. As the name suggests, Dancehall began in halls or spaces where deejays would set up their sound systems. As toasting, rather than just playing records, became popular, many deejays became household names in Jamaica and beyond.
SKA

Ska was made for dancing, the music being appropriately upbeat and exciting! A genre with its origins in Mento and Calypso, combined with American Jazz and R&B, Ska became popular in the early '60s. Characterized typically (in 4/4 time) with a drumbeat on the 2nd and 4th beats and with the guitar hitting the 2nd, 3rd and 4th beats. Traditional Ska bands generally featured bass, drums, guitars, organ, and various horns such as saxaphone, trombone and trumpet. Get 'skanking'!!!
ROCKSTEADY

Rocksteady is a musical derivative of Ska, and likewise has roots in both traditional Jamaican Mento as well as American R&B and Jazz. Rocksteady provides a slower, mellower beat, allowing for more relaxed dancing (unlike the wild Ska 'skanking'). Rocksteady appeared in Jamaica in the late '60s and, though the craze only lasted for a year or two, it was a major influence on Reggae, which of course went on to become the predominant music in Jamaica.
 
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