The Orobians

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The Orobians
Origin Bergamo, Italy
Genres Ska, rocksteady, jazz
Years active 1997 (1997)–present
Labels Gridalo Forte, Redstar73, Maninalto!
Website www.theorobians.it

The Orobians are a ska band founded during 1997 in Bergamo, Italy and now based in Milan.[1] They play ska and rocksteady standards (mostly instrumental) with a modern jazz twist.[2]

They have been called “the second best Ska band in Italy”.[3]

History[edit]

From their start in 1997 the band modeled themselves on The Skatalites.[1]

They released their first album in November 2000[4] and in December 2000 they reached number one in the Popolare Network chart, the most important independent radio chart in Italy.[3]

They perform regularly in Italy, France and Eastern Europe and have opened for The Trojans, The Skatalites and Manu Chao.[3]

Their recordings have been used as theme tunes for programs on both Rai 2 and Rai 3.[3]

In 2001 they became a nonprofit cultural association whose aim is to spread Jamaican music.[3]

Personnel[edit]

The line-up has varied over the years but is usually nine members playing five brass instruments, piano, guitar, contrabass and drums.[1][3] There is sometimes a singer.[1][3]

Luca Vezzoli – Voice
Stefano "Bunny" Marciali – Drums
Gabriele Cortinovis – Bass
Simone Chiarolini – Guitar
Roberto Ambrosioni – Keyboards
Stefano Bosio – Trumpet
Riccardo Capelli – Baritone Saxophone
Erik Peverelli – Tenor Saxophone
Giuseppe Generoso – Alto Saxophone

Former members[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Jamaican Tunes (2000)[4]
  • 9 Ska mads plus 1[5]
  • Jamaica - Italia Connection (Gridalo Forte, 2004)[1][2]
  • Orobians' Anniversary Album (Redstar73, 2008)[2]
  • Slave to The Riddim (Maninalto!, 2011)[1][2]

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