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Rhoda Dakar

Rhoda Dakar played a significant part within the shaping of the woman’s part in ska. The business lead vocalist and main songwriter for the all-female, London-based rocksteady music group the Bodysnatchers, Dakar documented several singles within the 2-Shade label founded by Special offers innovator Jerry Dammers. “Let’s Perform the Rock and roll Steady” reached the 18th placement within the Billboard graphs in 1980. Following a demise from the Bodysnatchers in 1981, Dakar continued to be active like a vocalist. After carrying out on the Special offers album More Special offers, singing “I CANNOT Stand It” with history vocals from the Go-Go’s, she shaped the Unique A.K.A. with Dammers along with other members from the Special offers. The group’s only album, Within the Studio room With…, included the anthem “Totally free Nelson Mandela” along with a reworking from the Bodysnatchers’ haunting melody “The Boiler.” In 2015, Dakar documented an recording of Bodysnatchers materials with a music group including members from the Special offers and Madness; the recording premiered as Rhoda Dakar Sings the Bodysnatchers.

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