Rhoda Dakar started her musical career in all-female 2Tone band, The Bodysnatchers. She went on to perform with The Specials and was a member of The Special AKA, who released ‘The Boiler’, a tale of date rape before there was a term for it, and ‘Free Nelson Mandela’. She has continued her association with the former 2 Tone alumni, guesting on vocals with Madness’ ‘On The Town’, from ‘The Liberty Of Norton Folgate’, and tour DJ for The Specials’ UK tour, joining them on vocals for the encore. On New Years Eve 2017, she appeared as a backing vocalist on Jools’ Hootenanny with Dave Wakeling’s English Beat. A serial collaborator, there are a couple of projects in the pipeline at the moment!
An in demand DJ, Rhoda is known for playing Rocksteady and Early Reggae. However, with an eclectic musical taste, there will always be a sprinkling of the unexpected. Taking the crowd along with her, she played Arabic pop, Punk, David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Grime and Dubstep as The Specials’ tour DJ on 2016’s nationwide UK outing!
Rhoda has a neat sideline in writing sleeve notes and has curated a brace of compilation albums, ‘Ska Madness’ volumes 1 (for which she just received a gold record) and 2. Having first trod the boards at the end of the Sixties, she now draws on her considerable experience to teach vocals and performance to some very talented young people. As a compere, Rhoda has hosted the Literary Stage at Rebellion Punk Festival and December 2016’s Concert For Corbyn at the Brighton Dome!