Chainska Brassika

Chainska Brassika

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.

Chainska Brassika are firm party favourites, getting crowds rocking from Glastonbury to Nottinghill Carnival, Rototom Sunplash to Outlook - and even touring the island of Jamaica. Well known for regularly opening for UK ska legends Madness, Chainska are at the forefront of the new UK ska movement with their crazy live show seeing them perform regularly on europe’s biggest stages.

Their debut album 'Skinna' was released in late 2015 following the band being crowned winners of the World Reggae Contest in Poland, beating over 100 bands from 28 countries - despite being predominantly a ska band. The album was recorded in a style true to the bands live sound - raw and energetic, reflecting the bands upbringing in South-East London. The record was a bit hit in the UK ska scene and was championed by reggae legend David Rodigan.

Winning the World Reggae Contest earned the band a trip to record their follow up album in Kingston, Jamaica at Harry J Studio's - famous for where Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded the albums Natty Dread, Catch A Fire, Rastaman Vibration & Burnin' - with double Grammy award winning producer Stephen Stewart. On 24th November 2017 the band released the album entitled 'Harry J Business'. The album has a rare feature from well known reggae singer Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals that gained major airplay across BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music & BBC Radio 1xtra. The album was given a 6 page review in the world's biggest reggae magazine 'Festiville' organised by Reggaeville and got them invited to showcase at SXSW Festival in Texas, USA. Extensive tours of the UK and Europe to promote the album followed, with big promoters in the USA knocking on the door to get the album toured in the States.

"Well they got me going in the studio, I can tell you...I think that is absolutely brilliant" David Rodigan MBE
on BBC Radio 2

"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

Shows

Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival 20th Anniversary FREE Kickoff Show!
Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Wed. June 19th 4pm - 10pm
Free
*This show is FREE, Fully licensed and all-ages!*

We're hitting the ground running for our 20th birthday with another packed FREE, all-ages show for our Ska & Reggae Massive. We wanted to get things started in seriously rhythmic style so we packed Night 1 with those good, good grooves – ska, reggae, hip-hop, soul and funk are all here to help us get our bodies moving and the blood flowing.
Headlining this kickoff extravaganza is UK ska rabble-rousers CHAINSKA BRASSIKA. This powerful 8-piece from London is at the forefront of a new generation of British ska and is regarded as one of the best live bands in the genre. Winners of the prestigious World Reggae Contest in Poland, despite being a straight-up ska band, Chainska Brassika has toured Europe and Jamaica and we figured it's about time they landed here on the west coast. Joining them for the party is Victoria's own THE LEG-UP PROGRAM. A true Victoria original, this 16-piece funk/soul/hip-hop behemoth is one of the city's most reliable sources of grooves and great musicianship. Fresh off the release of their debut album, you can bet that they're gonna be even more full of energy than usual.
Coming from Montreal is phenomenally talented singer and rapper, MERYEM SACI. A member of Montreal's hip-hop gurus Nomadic Massive, Saci's own music is a soulful celebration that mixes hip-hop, r&b, soul, afrobeat and reggae into a potent groove cocktail. Finally, the honour of kicking everything off this year as they take the stage first, is Vancouver 9-piece ska/reggae monster BREHDREN. After opening up for The Slackers in Vancouver this past winter, we pegged these cats as a group that needed to part of Year 20!