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Mark Foggo


30-10-1950 - current


ska, zang


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Mark Foggo & The Secret Meeting, Mark Foggo's Skasters

Mark Foggo

British ska musician who's been living and working in the Netherlands for almost 20 years. Foggo is also the owner of Skanky Lil', a label and mail order company specialised in ska music.
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Vincent van Lent   trompet
Aldo Groen   trombone
René Beaart   drums
Paul Berding   saxofoon
Katinka Collée   basgitaar
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Rob Elzenga   achtergrondzang, gitaar
Michiel Hoogenboezem   drums
Steve Keen   drums
Willy Huisman   toetsinstrumenten
Melvin van Eldik   basgitaar
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10/16/20, Gigant, Apeldoorn

Biography Mark Foggo

British ska musician who's been living and working in the Netherlands for almost 20 years. Foggo is also the owner of Skanky Lil', a label and mail order company specialised in ska music.

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The Babyshakers   gitaar, zang


Mark Foggo Before Liverpool-born musician Mark Foggo leaves for the Netherlands, he shares a flat in London with Declan MacManus (later also known as Elvis Costello). Together with MacManus and several other musicians Foggo plays punk and rhythm & blues in the London pubs. Foggo arrives in the Netherlands at a time when the popularity of ska music has reached its peak with bands like Madness and The Specials. He starts performing with a Dutch group called Pavane. With several members of Pavane Foggo forms a new band called The Secret Meeting: bassist Melvin van Eldik, drummer Steve Keen, keyboard player Willy Huisman and guitarist Robbie Elzinga (ex-White Honey). The band plays new wave and ska. Famous names that also join the group are Michiel Hoogenboezem and Freddie Cavalli.


Single New Shoes is a Dutch hit and remains one of Mark Foggo's best-known songs to this day. In the UK New Shoes is also played by famous BBC DJ John Peel.


After one LP and three singles, the curtain falls.


Bassist Melvin van Eldik leaves the band to form Norman & The Starmakers and salsa band Paolo Passionata & The Pennies From Heaven. Foggo moves to Eindhoven and forms The Skasters. Foggo's increasingly popular.

Melvin van Eldik

1986 - 1997

The Skasters celebrate their 10th anniversary in the same line up. During this period they have released six CD's, six LP's and ten singles, which all feature up tempo ska songs with cheerful melodies and weird lyrics.


The Babyshakers is a project from Mark Foggo, keyboard player André Stuivenberg (Mr. Review), drummer René Beaart (The Mighty Jackals) and bassist Anna Wodka (The Serial Skankers). Their mix of ska and rock 'n'roll results in the Shake The Baby.

Mr. Review The Babyshakers


The Best Of... features 15 original Foggo songs and one ska cover from Chris Isaac's Blue Hotel.


In April Mark Foggo releases the album The Missionaries Of Ska.


Mark Foggo appears on the EP Why Sad? by Dutch ska band Wisehead.


The line up of Mark Foggo's Skasters is as follows this year: bassist Thijs Gorter, drummer René Beaart, sax player Paul Berding, trumpet player Vincent van Lent (Beatbusters), trombonist Aldo Groen and guitarist Gerben Rienk Visser alias Mr. Fish. Foggo moves to Antwerp.


In June the album You Shot Me is released. Former keyboard player Dominique Dubois and bassist Katinka Collée guest star on the album. The band kicks off a European promo tour and also plays the Lowlands festival in the Netherlands. You Shot Me and Mark Foggo's entire back catalogue are being distributed by US label Jump Up! and Choke Distribution from Chicago.


Mark Foggo The album released in April focuses entirely the World Cup in Germany. During the championships Mark Foggo tours through Germany. One of the tracks of the album ends up on a punk compilation released by German label Knock Out Records. Mark Foggo's Skasters plays several European festivals like Paaspop, Indian Summer Festival, ska festivals in France and the Czech Republic (Mighty Sounds Festival) and The Speedfreaksball in Great Yarmouth in the UK. Mark Foggo signs a deal with the Japanese label 2 Tone Time for an album that will be released exclusively on the Japanese market. The compilation contains songs of several albums released over the past couple of years. Late November Mark Foggo's Skasters kick off a tour in Japan.


Guitarist Gerben Rienk Visser leaves to Skasters to start a new band with guitarist Bob van Houten (Rude Rich and the High Notes) which is called Skaguitar. The band is influenced by artists like Bob Marley, Joe Satriani and Django Reinhardt. Skaguitar's debut album More Ska, More Guitar is released in the autumn. Visser is replaced by Loek Hauwert (De Skatjes).

Rude Rich And The High Notes Skaguitar

Discography Mark Foggo

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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