Laurel Aitken - the godfather of Ska


Interview with the Godfather of SKA - Laurel Aitken ENGLISH
Interview with the Godfather of SKA - Laurel Aitken ENGLISH - SPANISH - BAVARIAN Original

I Interviewed Laurel Aitken at 6. July 2000 in Garching near Munich, at the Nordblock Ska Festival where Laurel Aitken, BeNuts, Yellow Umbrella played as well.



- "Made in Cuba..."
- spent his youth in Jamaica
- lived in England and traveled through the whole world to play his brilliant sound -
- died in England
17.07.2005 in the middle of his relatives

2 Heartattacs
he felt a sleep
LAUREL AITKEN- THE GODFATHER OF SKA DIED
at 8am this morning of a heart attack in
Glenfield Hospital, Leicester, England.

Laurel Aitken was born in 1927 in Kuba, and migrated with his family 1938 to West Kingston/Jamaica,
An old picture of the godfather of Ska: Laurel Aitken one of the godfather of SKA
 

Laurel Aitken one of the godfather of SKA
Laurel Aitken -
The interview was a bit chaotic - but that`s the way it goes...
I tried to translate the interview a far as I could...
 
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Laurel Aitken the godfather of ska - Interview


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Laurel Aitken - English/spanish/bavarian Original


Interview with the Godfather of SKA - Laurel Aitken English version
Timm     Is there a difference between Mento and Calypso or is it the same thing?
Laurel  Aitken    There is no difference, it`s just the same thing it`s just one is faster but the dance is the same way.
Timm     Which is faster - Calypso or Mento?
Laurel  Aitken    Mento but Calypso put the fast store as well.
Timm     Mento was nearly the same but more in Jamaica?
Laurel  Aitken    Not really, the dance is the same way you rub up the same way and the socca is the same thing
Timm     What is the different stuff?
Laurel  Aitken    You just rub up the same way you just rub up
Blab    (laughing) - all right
Timm     I hope you ceep on going on tours aren`t you?
Laurel  Aitken    Or what are you going to do because every year you had a new
Timm     I think you seem quite young - are you going to ceep on livin that gipsy`s live?
Laurel  Aitken    No I don`t think so because I`m getting old
Timm     Are you going back to Jamaica or to Cuba?
Laurel  Aitken    No England
Timm     You live there
Blab    London?
Laurel  Aitken    No that not but nearby London. I`m in London all the time.
Because I speak what you are speaking

Timm     Are you able to talk proper Spanish or just a bit?
Laurel  Aitken    I am fluent
Timm     Yeah?
Laurel  Aitken    Spanish
Timm     Hablas español perfecto
Laurel  Aitken    si
Laurel  Aitken    Tu hablas Español?
Timm     Si, hablo poco español
Laurel  Aitken    Con mi to puede hablar cualquiera cosa
Timm      No lo creo...
Laurel  Aitken    Hablo Italiano tambien-
I canto en Italiano tambien

Timm     Si, uno due tre... -you  prefiero Español porque no puedo hablar Italiano
Laurel  Aitken    Es muy cerca, muy cerca...
Timm     Pero tu hablas Español desde tu ninez o ???
Laurel  Aitken    Que?Que?
Timm     Perdone, mi español es demasiado mal...
Laurel  Aitken    No, esta bien, esta bien
Tengo CD en español

Timm     Lo yo tengo - es del no pasado
y tienes unas canciones con Malarians... Laurel Aitken the godfather of ska - Evelin, Laurel Aitken, Timm, Frank
Blab    Jetzt hos wahrscheinli wieda vo Piranha Fische in Venezuela erzählt - des typische spanische Thema
I muas de Schlauchfrau no dawischn. Heit is der Tag des Kusses .. Des war heit im Fernsehen. De perfekte Anmache und boid is zwoife B

Timm     Thanks a lot
Laurel  Aitken    Pleasant
Timm     I thougt you just sang it but...
Laurel  Aitken    I speak spanish better than English
Timm     Yeah? - You are living all the time in England but you still speak very well Spanish?
Laurel  Aitken    No - one helpes me it is that I used to work in a big spanish restaurant
I had to sing spanish there

Timm     When? - when you were very young or right now?
Laurel  Aitken    Twenty jears ago, twentyfive jears ago. I used to piano and sing.
Timm     In a spanish restaurant?
Laurel  Aitken    Yeah
Timm     Which kind of music was it? Was it like Salsa or something else?
Laurel  Aitken    No no yust Spanish music like what do they let them sing
Al the songs I new long ago all of them with spanish themes
Timm     It was very nice to talk to you
Laurel  Aitken    Dance music garage music and today`s music, Drumon base
Timm     Once I heard a song which was a bit like techno or it was drum and bases I don`t know
I think it was about eight or nine years ago
Laurel  Aitken    It was quite faster...????????L
Blab    Some years ago you came with the Skatalites and Doreen Shaeffer to Germany. Did you play with them again?
Laurel  Aitken    Yes, cool, very cool
Blab    I like Doreen Shaeffer so much...
Laurel  Aitken    You wan`t get a fuck, but...
Blab    She is too old, I wanna fuck her daughter.
Laurel  Aitken    (General laughing...)
Blab    Does she have a daughter?
Laurel  Aitken    L:????????
Blab    Do you have any children?
Laurel  Aitken    Yeah
Blab    A daughter?
Laurel  Aitken    Yes,m but you can`t get my daughter...




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Laurel Aitken - English translation


Interview with the Godfather of SKA - Laurel Aitken Original English Spanish Bavarian version

Timm     Is there a difference between Mento and Calypso or is it the same thing?
Laurel  Aitken    There is no difference, it`s just the same thing it`s just one is faster but the dance is the same way.
Timm     Which is faster - Calypso or Mento?
Laurel  Aitken    Mento but Calypso put the fast store as well.
Timm     Mento was nearly the same but more in Jamaica?
Laurel  Aitken    Not really, the dance is the same way you rub up the same way and the socca is the same thing
Timm     What is the different stuff?
Laurel  Aitken    You just rub up the same way you just rub up
Blab    (laughing) - all right
Timm     I hope you ceep on going on tours aren`t you?
Laurel  Aitken    Or what are you going to do because every year you had a new
Timm     I think you seem quite young - are you going to ceep on livin that gipsy`s live?
Laurel  Aitken    No I don`t think so because I`m getting old
Timm     Are you going back to Jamaica or to Cuba?
Laurel  Aitken    No England
Timm     You live there
Blab    London?
Laurel  Aitken    No that not but nearby London. I`m in London all the time.
Because I speak what you are speaking

Timm     Are you able to talk proper Spanish or just a bit?
Laurel  Aitken    I am fluent
Timm     Yeah?
Laurel  Aitken    Spanish
Timm     Are you able to talk perfectly Spanish?
Laurel  Aitken    Yes
Laurel  Aitken    Do you speak Spanish?
Timm     Yes, I speak a bit Spanish
Laurel  Aitken    You can talk with me about every subjects!
Timm      I don`t believe it...
Laurel  Aitken    I speak Italian as well
I sing Italian as well

Timm     Si, uno due tre... -I prefere Spanish because I don`t speak Italian
Laurel  Aitken    It`s very close, It`s very close ...
Timm     But - you speak Spanish since your childhood???
Laurel  Aitken    What?What?
Timm     Sorry, my Spanish is too bad...
Laurel  Aitken    No i`ts OK, No i`ts OK,
I have a CD in Spanish

Timm     I have this CD - it`s from the last year
and do you have some songs with the Malarians?... Laurel Aitken the godfather of ska - Evelin, Laurel Aitken, Timm, Frank
Blab    You propably started to talk again about Piranhas fishes in Venezuela - the typical Spanish theme
I have to get the "Tube-woman". Today is the day of kisses .. It was on TV today. The perfect way to chat someone up - and it is nearly twelfe a clock

Timm     Thanks a lot
Laurel  Aitken    Pleasant
Timm     I thougt you just sang it but...
Laurel  Aitken    I speak spanish better than English
Timm     Yeah? - You are living all the time in England but you still speak very well Spanish?
Laurel  Aitken    No - one helpes me it is that I used to work in a big spanish restaurant
I had to sing spanish there

Timm     When? - when you were very young or right now?
Laurel  Aitken    Twenty jears ago, twentyfive jears ago. I used to piano and sing.
Timm     In a spanish restaurant?
Laurel  Aitken    Yeah
Timm     Which kind of music was it? Was it like Salsa or something else?
Laurel  Aitken    No no yust Spanish music like what do they let them sing
Al the songs I new long ago all of them with spanish themes
Timm     It was very nice to talk to you
Laurel  Aitken    Dance music garage music and today`s music, Drumon base
Timm     Once I heard a song which was a bit like techno or it was drum and bases I don`t know
I think it was about eight or nine years ago
Laurel  Aitken    It was quite faster...????????L
Blab    Some years ago you came with the Skatalites and Doreen Shaeffer to Germany. Did you play with them again?
Laurel  Aitken    Yes, cool, very cool
Blab    I like Doreen Shaeffer so much...
Laurel  Aitken    You wan`t get a fuck, but...
Blab    She is too old, I wanna fuck her daughter.
Laurel  Aitken    (General laughing...)
Blab    Does she have a daughter?
Laurel  Aitken    L:????????
Blab    Do you have any children?
Laurel  Aitken    Yeah
Blab    A daughter?
Laurel  Aitken    Yes,m but you can`t get my daughter...

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