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Ska and 2Tone legend Rhoda Dakar, formerly of The Bodysnatchers, is performing live with her full band this Saturday 12th at The Night Owl in Digbeth.
Rhoda first sang live at the age of nine, and is now in her sixth decade of performing after first coming to prominence as lead vocalist with all female 2Tone band The Bodysnatchers. They released two hit singles - ‘Let’s Do Rocksteady’ and ‘Easy Life’ - but the leading role they played in the cult classic Dance Craze movie contributed to a lasting legacy and continued affection for the band.
She went on to record with huge names like The Specials and Madness, playing live with both bands, and also collaborated with Dr Robert and Paul Weller, recording an EP at the Modfather’s Black Barn studio. She was on the steering committee of the Red Wedge organisation, appearing on tour alongside The Style Council, Billy Bragg and The Communards, and once famously rescued stranded Style Councillor Mick Talbot, who had been abandoned by the tour bus at a motorway service station.
Now Rhoda embarks on a nationwide tour of her own, backed by a full band, stopping off for a headline gig at Birmingham’s soul and retro club, The Night Owl. Support comes from Carys Hannah, a Birmingham-based performance poet and musician, and Sean Thompson De Wolfe, a performance poet and compere.
Dakar has recently released her latest single, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, a reggae cover of Bowie’s 1970 album track that was later made famous with Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged cover. Check it out here.
Tickets are still available for the Birmingham show and can be purchased here.