Bedouin Soundclash

Formed nearly two decades ago and named after Israeli dub artist/producer Badawi’s 1996 release, Bedouin Soundclash debuted in 2001 with the album Root Fire. Their acclaimed sophomore release Sounding a Mosaic (2004) featured the hit single, “When the Night Feels My Song” and was produced by legendary punk-hardcore royalty Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains. This earned Bedouin Soundclash their first JUNO Award in 2006 for Canada’s Best New Group. Their follow-up album, Street Gospels (2007) also produced by Jenifer, earned a “Pop Album of the Year” nomination and “Video of the Year” nomination for the single “Walls Fall Down” at the 2008 JUNO’s as well as three Much Music Video Award nominations for their video for “Until We Burn in the Sun” in 2009. In addition to No Doubt, the band has also shared the stage with Ben Harper, Damian Marley, The Roots, The Interrupters, Gogol Bordello, Bad Brains, and Thievery Corporation among others.

In 2010, the band released their fourth studio album, Light the Horizon that included the singles “Mountain Top”, “Elongo” and “Brutal Hearts”–the latter featuring French-Canadian singer-songwriter Coeur de pirate. The album was produced with technical and theory-based precision by legendary deep house DJ and Philadelphia-based musicologist King Britt.

Flash forward to 2019, after a nine-year hiatus, the band re-emerges ready to release their fifth studio album “MASS”, produced by King Britt and Bedouin Soundclash. The album is a powerful experience that spans two communities, recorded in New Orleans with Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and in Vancouver at the St. James Church with the children of the St. James Music Academy.

Shows

Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Sat. June 25th 14:00
Tickets $35 - $45 Ticket Info
Victoria's 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Festival Night 4
Bedouin Soundclash, Five Alarm Funk, The Gaff & Babyface Brass, Nasty Jag Sound
Saturday, June 25, 2022 @ Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
All Ages, Tickets $35 - $45 advance, available at ticketweb.ca,
Hardcopies available in Victoria at Destination Greater Victoria Tourist Booth,
In Nanaimo at Fascinating Rhythm, in Courtenay at Bop City Records and in Vancouver at Red Cat Records (Both locations)

It's been a long time since we celebrated a Saturday night in the Inner Harbour with all our friends, so we decided that we needed to throw down extra hard this year with a lineup of some of Canada's coolest, most forward-thinking bands and artists. Night 4 will be headlined by Canadian reggae giants BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH as they take the Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival stage for the first time. For over twenty years Bedouin Soundclash has been helping push Canadian reggae to the forefront of the musical landscape with their soulful, exciting and unique catalogue. Songs like “When The Night Feels My Song” and “Walls Fall Down” have become legit staples of Canadian radio, crossing over genre boundaries and spreading reggae to audiences that may otherwise not hear anything on this side of the Wailers.

Joining Bedouin Soundclash for our Saturday party under the skyline is Vancouvers unstoppable groove juggernaut, FIVE ALARM FUNK. One of the most ferociously fun bands to ever exist – not just on the west coast but in all the galaxy – Five Alarm Funk delivers a relentlessly pulsing show that radiates an energy unlike anything you've ever felt. Try not to dance at a Five Alarm Funk show and you will fail, for it is an impossible task. When Five Alarm Funk gets in front of an audience there is no choice but to take their lead and follow them into the groovy abyss, a place where feet move, asses shake and bodies sweat. Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival is also proud to welcome THE GAFF to our stages for the first time. One of the most talented and knowledgable DJ s the Canada has ever produced, The Gaff has become renowned for his otherworldy turntable skills, deft genre-mashing and seemingly endless knowledge of an endless array of music. Able to move like water and adapt to any environment he's in, The Gaff has built a reputation as a man that can start a party anywhere and get any crowd moving. Coming across the Strait to join the party is Vancouver's BABYFACE BRASS. Cutting their teeth for over a decade busking on the streets of Vancouver, Babyface Brass has honed themselves into one of the city's most deadly party bands, ready to lay it down something fierce at a moment's notice. Keeping the dancefloor hot and moving between sets is NASTY JAG SOUND, one of Vancouver's most reliable crews for the best riddims as they drop soca, calypso, dancehall, reggae and anything else that make the speakers thump.

Come join us for one of the wildest Saturdays the Inner Harbour has ever seen! Night 4 of Victoria's 23rd Annual Ska & Reggae Fest is shaping up to be something truly special. Don't miss it!