Melbourne Ska Orchestra

on Saturday, 10 November 2012.

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra


What began as an off the cuff conversation regarding clothes with our good friend Russell Evans in Australia, ended up for us as a full on project. A week later we received an email from PR/Publicist Anna Wallace asking us if we would like to work with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra and kit them out in G-C gear. Now, for us this was not an opportunity that we were going to miss, so we jumped at the chance. After a few months of discussions of what was required for the band as well as the obligatory mails on SKA, a deal was done. As of Monday 12th November a box full of Harrington’s, Sta Prest, Polo’s, Shirts and a Parka is on its way to Melbourne.


Currently MSO is all over Australian television, they have provided the music for an advert (The Best Things in Life are Free) which can be viewed on their site. Alternately the single can be downloaded from iTunes, link below..
For those of you across the water from Australia that may not of heard of the 30 piece band, you soon will.. They have just secured a contract with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) label FOUR | FOUR. This has resulted in a new album, an hour long documentary on the band as well as covering the all importance of SKA. MSO will also be in the studio recording their own material of which we were privileged to hear over a phone call with the charismatic Nicky Bomba, front man of the band. Without spoiling what will be released, the music has a refreshing back to the roots vibe.


So, we are very pleased to announce that we are now working alongside the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

For further details on the band and links to their site, read below.

Be prepared people for the Melbourne Ska Orchestra!!


Melbourne Ska Orchestra

An explosive celebration of music unfolds on stage with some of Australia’s finest musicians, when the 30 odd piece orchestra hit the stage. Imagine the force of an 18 piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist and 3 singers and you may only begin to understand the life force that is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Fronted by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, John Butler Trio), with his professional, fun and impulsive conducting style, Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) is a fun-loving big band experience with music from the golden ska period of 1963 through to modern day classics. A massive hit at festivals everywhere, the MSO is fast becoming a must-see institution with members hailing from some of the best ska and reggae bands in Australia. Founded in 2003 as a way of celebrating this uplifting music, the MSO is dedicated to educating and entertaining audiences with the sweet sounds of ska – and dancing is compulsory!

The MSO’s repertoire covers tracks from 1963 (Skatalites, Wailers) through to the British Two Tone craze (Madness, Specials etc) and anything positive or significant in between. With original tunes, reggae, rocksteady classics and Latin-based ska in the mix, the MSO energises audiences.

MSO members hail from some of Australia’s leading ska and reggae bands, with past shows featuring special guests including Joe Camilleri, Jali Buba Kuyateh, Dereb Desalegn, Nadee and international reggae greats such as Carlos Malcolm, Dawn Penn and Stranger Cole. The MSO’s first international invitation was to Jamaican singing legend Owen Gray, resulting in a massive sold-out show. As a result Nicky and Owen recorded the track “Inna One Yard” (featured on the “Weekend Sessions 2” CD compilation).

First started in 2003 by musical dynamo and John Butler Trio drummer, Nicky Bomba and PBS FM announcer / Jamaican music historian Mohair Slim, MSO is dedicated to educating and entertaining audiences to the sweet sounds of Jamaican ska and roots music and the evolution of the genre. MSO is fast becoming an institution in the Australian music scene with recent performances at the Byron Bay Blues Festival proving without a doubt, the international calibre of this mighty orchestra.


iTunes - "Best Things in Life are Free"

The Best Things In Life Are Free - Single, Melbourne Ska Orchestra


Signing of the Four Four contract in the G-C gear...

Nicky Bomba - receiving a few pointers in the studio!

 Melbourne Ska Orchestra

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