Get ready to skank to some fast moving Latin rock and ska when Colombia’s Skampida returns to Lorenzo’s Café in Ashton Creek Friday.
Presented by the Victoria Ska Club, Skampida is a six-piece, high-energy band from the Colombian capital of Bogota who have become one of the most successful and popular ska groups to emerge from South America.
“They were at Lorenzo’s this spring and put on one exceptional show,” said café owner Lorne Costley.
Formed more than 12 years ago, Skampida has put its own interpretation on ska (a style originated in Jamaica with fast rhythms and horn accompaniment).
A mash between Madness and Sepultura, the band is known throughout South America, and their music has been heard in the most remote corners of Colombia and neighboring countries such as Venezuela, Chile, and Argentina.
The band continues to gain acclaim throughout the world, including Latin America, North America, and parts of Europe.
Skampida launched their debut album, Stereo Blaster, in 2004, featuring popular singles Castaneda and Circulo Cicoso.
Since then, they have performed with renowned artists such as Alicia Keys, Manu Chao, and Gogol Bordello, and have been invited to participate in the world famous FNB 2009 in Caracas, and Bogota’s Rock al Parque.
Media outlets such as The New Times and Shock Magazine have awarded Skampida the title of “Best Ska and Reggae Band” and “Best Live Performance.”
Skampida performs at Lorenzo’s, 901 Mabel Lake Rd., east of Enderby, Friday at 8 pm. For reservations/tickets, call the café at 250-838-6700.