Kingston Rudieska

Korea’s first traditional ska band, Kingston Rudieska has been paying respect to the roots of ska since their first show in 2004. This nine-piece group blends bluebeat ska, jazz, reggae, dub, and nyah binghi influences into a final product that is uniquely Korean, something the band has dubbed “feast ska.” Their shows are a mix of foot-stomping instrumentals backed by a four-piece horn section with warm, soulful vocal songs sung by “Sugar” Lee Seok-yul, all with a traditional jazz improvisational vibe as many of the members are trained jazz musicians. Their music pays heavy respect to ska pioneers the Skatalites, and it’s not uncommon to hear a Skatalites cover thrown into their sets.

Over the past decade, they’ve come a long way from playing dingy basement clubs to appearing on some of the nation’s biggest stages, fostering a love of Jamaican rhythms to a nation still newly discovering the genre. They’ve appeared at nearly all of Korea’s major music festivals, including Jisan Valley Rock Festival, Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, Busan Rock Festival, Seoul Jazz Festival, Rainbow Island Music Festival, and Grand Mint Festival. Additionally, Kingston Rudieska has appeared on numerous televised music programs in Korea.

Kingston Rudieska has had the privilege of performing with many other talented musicians and bands. They’ve collaborated with popular Korean musicians Bobby Kim, YB, Sim Soo Bong, and Yoon Hyung Joo. They’ve also shared the stage with Japanese bands such as Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Eskargot Miles, and Cool Wise Men, North American groups the Slackers and Chris Murray Combo, as well as Babylove and the van Dangos (Denmark), Dr. Ring Ding Ska Vaganza, and Skazz (Australia). Most recently, they recorded an EP with Dr. Ring Ding (Germany).

They recorded their first single in 2006, and since then they’ve released three full-length albums, not to mention one EP and a couple digital singles, and contributed a track to the United Colors of Ska 4.0 compilation on Pork Pie Records (Germany).

· 최철욱 Choi Chul-Wook (leader, trombone)
· 이석율 Lee Suk-Yul (lead vocals, congo, percussion)
· 오정석 Oh Jeong-Seok (Trumpet,Flugelhorn)
· 배선용 Bea sun yong (Trumpet)
· 성낙원 Sung Nock Won(tenor sax)
· 서재하 Seo Jae-Ha (Guitar)
· 손형식 Son hyong-sik (Bass)
· 김대민 Kim Dae Min (Drums)


Kingston Rudieska Discography Tracks


CMDC9133 Kingston Rudieska - Skafiction album art Kingston Rudieska Skafiction(CD, Album) Rudie system CMDC9133 South Korea 2007 Sell This Version
MBMC0130 Kingston Rudieska - Ska Bless You album art Kingston Rudieska Ska Bless You(CD, Album) Rudie system MBMC0130 South Korea 2010 Sell This Version
MBMC0491 Kingston Rudieska - 3rd Kind album art Kingston Rudieska 3rd Kind(CD, Album) Rudie system MBMC0491 South Korea 2012 Sell This Version
Kingston Rudieska - Everyday People album art Kingston Rudieska Everyday People (Album) Rudie System South Korea 2014 Sell This Version
Kingston Rudieska - Ska 'N' Seoul album art Kingston Rudieska Meets Dr. Ring Ding* Kingston Rudieska Meets Dr. Ring Ding* - Ska 'N' Seoul (Album) Jump Up! Records US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RS-001 Kingston Rudieska - Kingston Rudieska album art Kingston Rudieska Kingston Rudieska(CD, EP) Rudie system RS-001 South Korea 2006 Sell This Version
CMDC8414 Kingston Rudieska - Ska Fidelity album art Kingston Rudieska Ska Fidelity(CD, EP) Rudie system CMDC8414 South Korea 2009 Sell This Version
RS-XX Kingston Rudieska - 너 때문이야 album art Kingston Rudieska 너 때문이야(File, MP3, Single) Rudie System RS-XX South Korea 2011
RD-0 Kingston Rudieska - 니말이화나 album art Kingston Rudieska 니말이화나(CD, Maxi) Rudie system RD-0 South Korea 2013 Sell This Version
RS-009 Kingston Rudieska - Ska 'n Seoul album art Dr. Ring Ding* & Kingston Rudieska Dr. Ring Ding* & Kingston Rudieska - Ska 'n Seoul(CD, EP) Rudie System RS-009 South Korea 2014 Sell This Version
WLEP-003 Kingston Rudieska - Far East Asia EP album art Kingston Rudieska Meets The Eskargot Miles Kingston Rudieska Meets The Eskargot Miles - Far East Asia EP(7", EP, Single) Wood Luck Records WLEP-003 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
ESS-DS Kingston Rudieska - A Good Time album art Philip K* & Kingston Rudieska Philip K* & Kingston Rudieska - A Good Time(3xFile, MP3, Single) Eastern Standard Sounds ESS-DS South Korea 2017

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