This mischievous rabble from London have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.
With a sound heavily based around the bands heavy 4 piece horn section, Chainska Brassika are 8 school mates who have become firm party favourites, getting crowds rocking from Glastonbury to Nottinghill Carnival, Rototom Sunplash to Boomtown – and even touring the island of Jamaica. Well known for regularly opening for UK ska legends Madness, the band have also been seen on lineups with The Wailers, Easy Star All Stars & The Skatalites.
Their debut album ‘Skinna’ was released in late 2015, being championed by reggae DJ David Rodigan and backed up with being crowned winners of the World Reggae Contest in Poland, beating over 100 bands from 28 countries – despite being predominantly a ska band. This earned the band a trip to record their follow up album in Jamaica at Harry J Studio’s, famous for where Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded the albums Natty Dread, Catch A Fire, Rastaman Vibration & Burnin’.
On 24th November 2017 the band released their next album ‘Harry J Business’, which was recorded at Harry J Studios in Kingston, Jamaica with double Grammy award winning producer Stephen Stewart. Extensive tours of the UK and Europe to promote the album followed, with plans for a USA leg this spring.
The album has a rare feature from well known reggae singer Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals which has gained airplay across BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music & BBC Radio 1xtra. The album gained a 6 page review in the world’s biggest reggae magazine ‘Festiville’ organised by Reggaeville and has got them invited to showcase at SXSW Festival in Texas, USA.
“Real musicians, real band, real brass section… fabulous & so refreshing” David Rodigan, BBC 1xtra
“The Rising Stars of the London Ska Scene” Richie Cadence, efestivals
“Chainska is one of the most impressive and promising upcoming acts in the reggae/ska genre that I have seen or heard in while” The Skatalites