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Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band – Foundation Sound [Official Video 2016]


The late Prince Buster, the King Of Ska who passed away on September 8 and other Jamaican music legends are being honored with a massive tribute song/video to be released on 7 nov 2016. The song titled Foundation Sound was recorded in Jamaica by singer Richie Stephens & the Ska Nation band at Penthouse Records and arranged in Salento Italy at Adriatic Sound studio

‘Prince Buster was a musical pioneer who paved the way for other Ska legends who followed’ said Richie Stephens who provides lead vocals on the track.

‘We also have to pay homages to trailblazers like Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley & the Wailers, Derrick Morgan, Toots & the Maytals, Phillis Dillion, Monty Morris, Byron Lee and the Dragonairs and the great Don Drummond’ Stephens reiterates.

For the project, producer Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records, created a reinterpretation of the famous Simmer Down riddim played with the horn section by legendary saxophone player Dean Fraser and Everton ‘Pesso’ Pessoa on trombone. Ska Nation band horns players Gianluca Ria and Giancarlo dell’ Anna created a brilliant musical solo which was arranged and produced by Papa Leu and sax player Luca Manno.

‘Go tell it to the nation that Ska is the foundation’ Stephens croons in his opening salvo. ‘First Jamaica international music and we should never loose it’ he implores.

The release of the album Internationally and single The Foundation is a powerful sign that the Ska genre is making a come back in a big way. And the fact that Fire Fire from the album was nominated for an international award at the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) in Los Angeles, CA is a clear indication that the Ska revolution is not ending anytime soon.

Produced by Donovan Germain for Penthouse Records and Richie Stephens, Papa Leu, Rankin Lele
for Pot of Gold and Adriatic Sound
Publishers: Greensleeves pub LTD, Concord Music Group Inc
ARTIST: Richie Stephens
MUSICIANS: Drum: Robbie Lyn
Bass: Robbie Lyn
Keyboards: Robbie Lyn
Guitar: Raffaele “Papa Leu” Leo
Sax: Dean Freaser, Luca Manno
Trumpet: Giancarlo Dell’Anna
Trombone: Everton ‘Pesso’ Pessoa, Gianluca Ria
HORNS RECORDED AT: Adriatic Sound Studio, Trepuzzi, Italy
ARRANGEMENTS: Raffaele “Papa Leu” Leo, Luca Manno
RECORDED AT: Penthouse, Kingston, Jamaica
BACKING VOCALS: Richie Stephens
MIXED BY: Kevino “Bunu” Elliot
at Penthouse, Kingston, Jamaica
Mastered by Riccardo “Ohm Guru” Rinaldi
at Le Dune Studio – Ravenna – Italy
Studio Assistant: Morello Selecta
Video Director: Federico Giannace for Macoola & co.
Artwork: Emmanuele “Rankin Lele” Tafuro
Photos: Federico Giannace

many thanks to:
Stefano Manca & Sud Est Studio, Guagnano, Lecce, Italy
backing vocals Paola Pierri, Giovanna, Gaetano Carrozzo at trombone, in the video.

Richie Stephens and The Ska Nation Band
management and info: Andy Romano


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