The Ska Vengers is a new Delhi based band who blend ska rhythms with elements of dub, punk, jazz and rap to come up with a form of music that is refreshingly different, energetic and highly danceable.
Keys man, Stefan Kaye rounded up a few of his musician friends to form the band in the fall of 2009. The band was put together since there was a lack of energetic, harder edged dance based live music in India.
All members are highly experienced performers in their own right. Nikhil, Stefan and Tony play in experimental 'unjazz' outfit 'The Jass B'stards and psych-disco band Emperor Minge (with Samara C). Various members have either won or been nominated for Jack Daniels Rock Awards in keyboards, bass, drums and vocals categories. Samara is also an actor and is well known as a TV presenter on NDTV. Delhi Sultanate has garnered much praise for his highly skilled, socially conscious rap with drum and bass team BASSFoundation and through his WORD, SOUND, POWER project with Chris McGuiness. Raghav is also known as selecta with DJ collective 'Reggae Rajahs'.
Following the release of their first song 'Rude Boy Skank' on the Stupid Ditties IV compilation album in October 2010, the band created huge waves with a handful of gigs at Ska! Ska! Ska! evenings at Q'BA with their now expanded lineup featuring Rie Ona (sax) and Yohei Sato (trombone).
The band has completed work on their debut album, which was mixed by acclaimed UK based music producer and winner of this year's JD Rock Award for best Indian producer, Miti Adhikari (Radiohead, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and India's Menwhopause, Supersonics and Them Clones).
In April the band staged the largest rock concert to be held in an Indian prison, performing for 2000 prisoners at Asia's largest jail, Tihar. The event was picked up by international media and covered extensively in The New York Times, BBC World Service, China Post, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Arab News and many others.
The group is widely considered to be one of the more vital and relevant live musical outfits in India today.