Ska

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Intro

Ska was another great Movement of Music that took elements of Caribbean music, American Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and Reggae and is closely related to Rocksteady.

It is characterised by a walking bass line, accented off beat guitar or piano rhythms.

In the early 1960s, ska was a massive musical genre in Jamaica, as well as being popular with British Mod movement.

Time Periods of Ska

Music historians typically divide the history of ska into three periods;-

  • 1) The original Jamaican ska scene of the 1960s,
  • 2) The Two Tone ska revival that started in England in the late 1970s,
  • 3) The ska revival movement, which started in the 1980s.
  • 4) We'd like to add the Ska Punk of the 90s to that list as well.

Some Ska Bands

A-C

Alton Ellis

The Aquabats

Bad Manners

The Beat

Catch 22

Cherry Poppin' Daddies

D-F

Delroy Wilson

Desmond Dekker

Fishbone

Five Iron Frenzy

Freddie McGregor

E-J

Goldfinger

Hepcat

Jimmy Cliff

Joe Jackson

K-N

Laurel Aitken

Less Than Jake

Mad Caddies

Madness

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

No Doubt

O-R

Operation Ivy

Rancid

Reel Big Fish

S-Z

Save Ferris

The Skatalites

The Slackers

Sonic Boom Six

The Specials

Stray Cats

Streetlight Manifesto

Sublime

The Toasters

The Upstarts

Voodoo Glow Skulls