Radical ska and rap collective, Maroon Town, return with a stark commentary on the way we are systematically choking up the planet – and ourselves. Watching the trees features MC Rubi Dan (also part of the hugely "Heatwave" bashment/dubstep and reggae sound system) and is co-produced by Captain Ska whose searing indictment of the UK’s political elite "Liar Liar" was a viral smash in December last year. Both artists are long term members of the Maroon Town collective.
"Watching the Trees" is a naggingly catchy ska lament with echoes of the band’s original Jamaican influences as well as peers like Manu Chao and the Gorillaz.
The band say : " In our rush for growth, our insatiable appetite to consume we are plundering nature and starving the planet of vital nutrients that are critical to our survival. We either confront this or stick our heads in the sand like an alcholic who drowns himself in booze to forget. Its our choice…. "
This nine-piece explosion of ska, rap and brassy dub is tearing up audiences around the world. Tens of thousands of people from Brazil to Jamaica, India to Canada, from Tajikistan to here in the UK will vouch for that.
Number one tracks and extensive radio play around the globe, with songs like Pound to the Dollar, Cumbia, Infernal, Ya Ya Lemme Tell Dem.
Live TV performances to audiences in their millions and glowing press coverage of both the music and the band’s attitude.
Soundtrack Hits on two major Hollywood releases and four acclaimed albums – and a new release this summer!
Maroon Town formed in Brixton, London, by two childhood pals, fusing the spirituality, and cinematic sound of classic ska with contemporary street rap and a cheeky slice of Latin funk. The band takes its inspiration from the original rebels of Maroon Town in Jamaica who fought off the colonial invaders and set up their own independent community.
Members past and present have also played with Groove Armada, Moroheeba, The Streets, Dub Pistols, Freestylers, The Heatwave, Mika, Paloma Faith, The Friendly Fires and also with numerous reggae artists out of Jamaica.
Throughout its rich, illustrious history, from busking on the Metro of Barcelona to playing huge stadiums and arenas in Venezuela and festivals across UK, Europe and Asia.