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In the late 1980s, a group of musicians rose from the Tokyo street/club scene, and called themselves, “Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (TSPO).” It was not long after that their overwhelming live performances attracted significant attention from Tokyo audiences, and the band released their first independent record, the vinyl only “TOKYO SKA PARADISE ORCHESTRA” with its now-famous yellow jacket.
Ever since, the band has been pursuing its unique sound of “Tokyo Ska,” blending and redefining musical genres to the delight of fans in and out of Japan. They have also taken their acclaimed live show worldwide, performing in Europe, US and Latin America, including world-class festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella and Vive Latino.
After over 25 years in the business, TSPO remains the one and only band who can offer a convincing range of ska, jazz to rock. Their authentic musicality has earned them many fans within the industry as well – the band was asked by legendary ska originators, Skatalites, to open their US tour, and dub master, Dennis Bovell, always adjusts his schedule so he’s available to work on TSPO’s tracks. Whenever international artists or industry executives visit Japan, finding TSPO records is always a top priority. With fans from all ages and all walks of life, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra has cemented themselves as an global icon for ska lovers everywhere and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra released their 25-year anniversary best of album, “The Last”, on March 4th, 2015.