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A 2-Tone gi­ant plays in the county this week­end so get ready for some easy skank­ing

The Orig­i­nal Rude­boy is set to play in Kent this week­end.

Gi­ant of 2-Tone Neville Sta­ple spent his early days with the Coven­try Au­to­mat­ics be­fore mov­ing to find fame in The Spe­cials and then the Fun­boy3.

2-Tone fused tra­di­tional ska mu­sic with punk rock at­ti­tude and en­ergy and also helped tran­scend and defuse racial ten­sions in Thatcher-era Bri­tain.

His 35-year ca­reer goes right up to the present day, with his lat­est al­bum, Re­turn Of Judge Rough­neck (and Dub Spe­cials), re­leased in Fe­bru­ary.

About his mu­si­cal legacy, the 62-year-old says: “The way we brought it was mix­ing Ja­maican mu­sic with the English style, which was ac­tu­ally punk at the time. Now most peo­ple are into ska, they lis­ten to all the peo­ple that we talked about that they might not have lis­tened to be­fore. This has hap­pened again and again with the dif­fer­ent waves of ska. I am hear­ing lots more young bands now also putting their own spin on ska – some with dance mu­sic and some with a rock beat. “The mu­sic just makes you want to dance. Even when singing about tough times, ev­ery­day things or bad things, the beat and the rhythm makes you want to move.”

Neville also pub­lished an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, The Orig­i­nal Rude Boy, in 2009, doc­u­ment­ing his in­ter­est in mu­sic in the early 60s, his re­la­tion­ship with mu­sic pro­ducer Pete Water­man, who he met at a club in Coven­try, and his rise to star­dom.

He plays The Fo­rum in Tun­bridge Wells on Satur­day, Novem­ber 11. Doors open at 7pm.

En­try is £16.50. For tick­ets call 08712 777101.

Neville Sta­ple and his band are play­ing in Tun­bridge Wells

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