After the successful “Trentatour” (a celebratory tour for their 30-year career) that took them all over Italy with 41 concerts only in 2014, the Statuto starts with a new tour and a new show, offering a new play list with songs from the recent and successful album “Un giorno di festa” but also their songs from the previous albums (giving particular relevance to those songs rarely performed or never played during live concerts) as “Abbiamo vinto il Festival di SanRemo”, “Piera”, “Qui non c’è il mare”, “Ragazzo Ultrà”, “In Fabbrica”, etc.
The new tour is called “Sempre in trasferta”(“Always on the road”) because the band has decided to continue playing live music, although they are busy with the recording of their new album.
The Statuto are a unique reality in the Italian music, because with their coherent but evolving mod style, with their spontaneity and boldness in the texts, often ironic or sarcastic, aggressive and humble, with a music now become "fashionable" that is not limited to ska, but also involves the soul and pop music, never having assumed the role of "star", without ever having moved away ideally from Piazza Statuto, place of departure and of cultural, ideological and musical creation of the group, they have played on every stage, from the Ariston Theatre of Sanremo Festival to the concert for the dismissed people of the Lancia/Fiat factory in Chivasso, from Festivalbar to Leonkavallo, from Cantagiro to the concert in Plaza de la Revoluciòn in Havana de Cuba (invited by the local authorities), always with the utmost simplicity that distinguishes them.
The Skatalites (live)
Their music is definitely the enduring representation of dub, rock and Jamaican ska music.
On the stages since the 60s, their sound has influenced many artists' generations.
They started their career as an “all star band” (collecting the best of Jamaican Jazz, Calypso, Boogie-Woogie Blues of the early 50s). In 1964 they released their début album “Ska Authentic” but after a year they stopped their activity. Between 1974 and 1988 they gathered again, till 1989, the year of the definitive reunion. Even now they represent a worldwide reference in ska music, playing their sound on the most important stages of the world. They have realised many collaborations (that with Terry Hall and U-Roy in “Never Grow Old”, included in “True Love” album by Toots and The Maytals winner of a Grammy in 2004, is the most important) and their most famous single album “Guns of Navarone” (released in 1965 for Island Records) is still the best-selling ska song in the history of music.
With more than 20 official albums, bootlegs, compilations and collaborations, they demonstrated a deep social commitment contributing to the fund-raising album for the victims of Katrina hurricane (released in 2007) with “Be My Guest”, written with Ben Harper, voice of this song.
Doreen Shaffer – voice / Val Douglas – Bass / Trevor "Sparrow" Thompson – Drum / Natty Frenchy – guitar / Ken Stewart-keyboard /Azemobo "Zem" Audu-tenor sax / Andrae Murchison – trombone / Travis Antoine – Trumpet.