Emerging in the aftermath of punk, 2 Tone fused Jamaican ska with punk and made stars of bands such as The Specials and Madness.
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On that day there will be an official commemorative certificate presentation at City Hall, with The Specials’ founding members Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Horace Panter in attendance.
The news arrived a matter of weeks before the scheduled publication of Roger's memoir by Omnibus Press.
Reacting to the news, the band said: "A real thanks to the fans who have stayed with us for all this time. We all share in this, thank you.”
The 2-Tone icons' new album is available through UMC/ Island on 1 February.
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the formation of The Specials and the legendary Two-Tone label in Coventry in 1979.
The new release marks the 2-Tone legends' first release with original vocalist Terry Hall since 1981.
Dub music is often associated with dance music, but its origins, invention and progression, firmly owes Jamaica its dues.
In inner-city clubs young West Indians were meeting Mods, who loved the sharp style, and British youths’ love affair with Jamaican music grew ever stronger.
The superstardom of Bob Marley is a stark contrast to where he came from, but those with enough determination found a way out of the ghetto through music.