It’s not often that we get a visiting ska band from overseas. Usually saddled with too many members to make the flight affordably, it’s just not cost-effective to bring an eight-piece band here.
Babylove and the van Dangos, on the other hand, paid their way to Korea out of their own pockets, and got themselves on the bills of three Korean jazz festivals. Last weekend was Ulsan World Music Festival and Bukhansan Jazz Festival, and next weekend is Jarasum International Jazz Festival. They’re also playing a show on Wednesday, October 10 at Yongin Art Hall, organised by Jarasum International Jazz Festival.
But they’re a ska band, and they didn’t come here just to play jazz shows. Barely a week before getting on a plane for Korea, they began searching for a ska promoter in Korea to help out.
“One of the things we love the most about touring is playing for people with the same love for Jamaican music like we have,” says Daniel Broman of BvD. “We’ve played for ska fans from the four corners of the world and time and time again we see how the music brings people together. Jamaican music played by a Danish band for an Asian audience.”
They arranged to have a last-minute show put on at Club Ta on one of their few days off, this Thursday, October 11. Joining them will be Korean ska kingpins Kingston Rudieska, as well as funk/reggae outfit Funkafric Boosdah, Ugandan reggae singer Josh Roy, mod rockers The Essence, and DJ Smiley to keep the music going between bands.
It’s been seven years since their last tour to Asia (Japan), and they’re excited to be in Korea. This is a high point in the band’s career, with their latest album, “Let it Come, let it Go” on German label Pork Pie Records, receiving rave reviews. Also, three of the band members have recently become fathers in the last few months.
If you’re up for an explosive ska show this Thursday, stop by Club Ta.