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The local band that exclusively plays Jamaican reggae music
September 6, 2018
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This Belait-based band is introducing Bruneian listeners to the world of Ska music

Freddy Ska Sauce comes across as a surprise because ska music isn’t something that is normally associated with the Brunei music scene.

This Belait-based band easily stands out with their fast and offbeat songs, bringing music that is widely considered to be the forerunner of Jamaican reggae.

Listen to his latest song ‘Hometown’ on Progresif Radio> On Demand> Locals Only. Download the Progresif Radio App on Google Play and the App Store.

Hi guys. Do introduce yourselves.

We are a band from Kuala Belait, and we play Jamaican-style music exclusively.

When and how did you guys get into music?

We’re a bunch of friends with a similar taste in music. Then we thought: ‘Why not together and form a band. And that’s exactly what we did in 2016.

Which artist do you think you sound like?

I think we sound like The Aggrolites, The Specials, The Skatalites and The Ramones. Sometimes, we try to model our sound based on blues, ska and reggae singers such as Derrick Morgan, Delroy Wilson and Alton Ellis.

What genre would you classify yourself?

Ska Punk and Rocksteady.

Who have been the major influences on your sound?

Mostly more to Gerhana Ska Cinta, The Aggrolites, The Interrupters, The Specials and The Witness.

Do you have a pre-gig ritual?

Not really. When we’re performing, we just go out and enjoy the show.

You can listen to their new song, ‘Hometown’ by downloading the Progresif Radio App on Google Play and the App Store.

What are your upcoming projects?

We want to compose more songs where we experiment with other instruments like the saxophone, trumpet and trombone. We want to do something different in Brunei.

Any big plans for the future?

We hope to develop the Ska scene in Brunei.

What does the word ‘progressive’ mean to you?

Progressive is all about improving communications for people.

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