Here’s a party song called Scuba by a band called De Skaggerz.
A son goes to his father / Dad, I did something wrong / I quit school / Have been staring out the window instead / I cleaned out my bank account / Paid for everything myself / Who do you think you are? / Let me go!
De Skaggerz are, according to their own description, an “up-tempo party reggae band from Rotterdam and beyond. Up-tempo ska-reggae is our genre and because of our frequent excursions to hip hop we are impossible to pigeonhole.”
‘Skaggers’ is Irish slang for pasta, but skagging also means to come off methadone. This is according to the ever so reliable Internet so take those definitions with a grain of salt.
I heard this song last week on De Tweeminutenshow (‘the two minute show’), a program on Dutch pop radio station Pinguin Radio where bands can submit their own tracks. Each song gets two minutes on the show and the song that gets voted on the most gets played in full during next week’s show. At the time of writing you can still vote for Scuba.
(Video: YouTube / De Skaggerz. Image: crop from the video)
After axing American Snoop Dogg with the excuse that violence would ensue and after much protest about the homophobic lyrics of Jamaica’s Beenie Man, the bureaucrats who couldn’t make up their minds went with Ivory Coast’s Alpha Blondy as headlining act for The Hague’s Parkpop festival on Sunday 27 June.
That probably means festival visitors will get to hear some African French reggae.
Here’s Alpha Blondy perfoming ‘Ça me fait si mal’ (It hurts me so) about Africa and hardship
Dutch reggae singer Ziggi is the first non-Jamaican artist to sign a contract with the international label VP Records/Greensleeves. The label will release Ziggi’s second album ‘In Transit’ due out in the Netherlands on 22 September and around the world on 20 October. VP Records/Greensleeves is the world’s biggest reggae label and has brought us stars such as Sean Paul, Shaggy, Eek-A-Mouse, Shabba Ranks and Gregory Isaacs.
For folks who enjoy life’s little details, Ziggi lives on an island of the Netherlands Antilles called St. Eustatius.