The Orobians are a ska band founded during 1997 in Bergamo, Italy and now based in Milan. They play ska and rocksteady standards (mostly instrumental) with a modern jazz twist.
They have been called “the second best Ska band in Italy”.
From their start in 1997 the band modeled themselves on The Skatalites.
They released their first album in November 2000 and in December 2000 they reached number one in the Popolare Network chart, the most important independent radio chart in Italy.
They perform regularly in Italy, France and Eastern Europe and have opened for The Trojans, The Skatalites and Manu Chao.
Their recordings ahve been used as theme tunes for programs on both Rai 2 and Rai 3.
In 2001 they became a non-profit cultural association whose aim is to spread Jamaican music.
The line-up has varied over the years but is usually nine members playing five brass instruments, piano, guitar, contrabass and drums. There is sometimes a singer.