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‘Banana’ band Aggrolites unpeels meaning of ‘dirty reggae’
Written by COLE CHRISTENSEN Festival Program Writer   
Friday, 16 August 2013 10:22
The Aggrolites (Photo provided)
Fans of the Nickelodeon children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba!” may well remember an orange-clad quintet rocking out a funky reggae tune called “Banana” on an early episode.
Littered with giant banana props and dancing extras, a video of the song has more than 1.6 million views on YouTube and has served as an introduction to classic reggae and ska music for young (and old) fans of the show.
While joining the guest cast of a kids television show was probably not on the “to do” list for The Aggrolites when they formed, taking reggae and ska music to the masses has long been on their agenda. With one foot in the roots of early Jamaican and British reggae, and another in the sounds of American soul, R&B and rock, The Aggrolites continue to blaze a trail across the reggae world honoring the traditions of their musical influences but finding their own sound.
Last Updated on Saturday, 17 August 2013 07:02
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