Following her inspirational contributions to the ‘Punk and Rock Against Racism’ panel at Solent University’s Punk. So What?conference, ska legend Rhoda Dakar returns to Southampton with her band to play a gig at Talking Heads this Friday 22 December.
As lead singer of the Bodysnatchers then part of the Specials and the Special AKA, Rhoda was a key player in the vibrant 2-Tone scene of the late 70s and 80s. The 2-Tone record label brought ska rhythms together with punk attitude and anti-racist politics in a series of stunning singles and albums that succeeded in storming the charts – e.g. Free Nelson Mandela.
Rhoda grew up opposite the legendary Ram Jam Club in Brixton which must have influenced her musical career, as did being a fan of David Bowie, the New York Dolls and Sex Pistols.
This show at Talking Heads will be Rhoda’s last gig of 2017. She says: “Please consider it a Xmas knees up and feel free to dress accordingly! Can’t promise I’ll do the same, but there may be the odd ‘confectionary opportunity’! Come, enjoy, bring friends!“