Korea's first traditional ska band, Kingston Rudieska, have been paying respect to the Ska’s roots since they began in 2004. The nine- piece band blends bluebeat ska, jazz, reggae, dub, and nyahbinghi chanting into a final product that is uniquely Korean; something the band has dubbed "Feast Ska."
Their shows mix foot-stomping instrumentals - fronted by a four-piece horn section - with warm, soulful vocal features sung by "Sugar" Seok Yul Lee. Their performances are punctuated with a jammy, improv vibe as many of the members are also trained jazz musicians. The music pays enormous respect to ska pioneers, The Skatalites. It's not uncommon, during a set, to hear an impromptu Skatalites cover kick off an improvisational jam to the delight of the crowd.
Over the past decade, they’ve come a long way from playing dingy basement clubs to appearing on some of the nation’s biggest stages, fostering a love of Jamaican rhythms to a nation still newly discovering the genre. They’ve appeared at nearly all of Korea’s major music festivals, including Jisan Valley Rock Festival, Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, Busan Rock Festival, Jarasum Jazz Festival, Seoul Jazz Festival, Rainbow Island Music Festival, and Grand Mint Festival.
Additionally, Kingston Rudieska have appeared on numerous televised music programmes in Korea, like KBS ‘Immortal Classic’, MBC ‘Music Camp with Bae Chulsoo’ (Radio Live), MBC ‘Music Camp with Bae Chulsoo’ 25th Anniversary Live Show ‘Live is Life’, KBS ‘Open Concert’ and EBS ‘SPACE’ etc.
Chul-Wook Choi – Trombone
Seok-Yul Lee – Lead vocal, Congo, Percussion
Jeong-Seok Oh – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jeong-Kun Kim – Trumpet
NockWon Sung – Tenor sax
Jae-Ha Seo – Guitar
Hyong-Sik Son – Bass
Dae-Min Kim – Drums
Chae-Sun Yim – Keyboards