Words by Tremayne St. Kitts
Last October marked the release of a new genre mashup called “Skateck,” introduced by the music industry legend, Richie Stephens. Skateck’s prototype song, “Everybody Dance,” performed by Stephens, has become a widely popular dance track, igniting attention in parties and pulsating on dance floors throughout the world, including Germany, Japan, the U.S and the West Indies.
The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival this past January in Falmouth, Jamaica, housed a recent performance from Skateck’s frontman, where a group of steppers joined Stephens on stage doing the ‘old time dance inna band new style,’ during a dance competition held on the event grounds.
There are others who have adopted the EDM x Reggae blend, mixing in other Caribbean styles, and achieving success; notably the production team Major Lazer, consisting of Florida-born DJ Diplo, Jillionaire and former Black Chiney member, Walshy Fire.
Stephens is credited for having successfully combined the Ska, Reggae, Dancehall, Gospel and R&B genres. Rumors of the Soul II Soul alumni collaborating with Soca singer Bunji Garlin have been floating around as a possible sound that will be contributing to the Skateck wave.
Check the video for Richie Stephen’s track “Everybody Dance,” below.