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Forerunners of Ska Music

The revolution of SKA

The Evolution of SKA

Wave to and fro the harmony of Ska music-chronicle, the Reggae is frequently considered as the precursor to Ska music but Ska induced the progress of reggae. It is a musical form mixed with Jamaican music style intermingled with blues and alt rock. Perhaps, most of the music enthusiasts nowadays are familiar with Ska music through the prominent bands from the 80s. However, it was famously recognized since 1970. The earliest tune relates to the music pattern of the New Orleans Brighten along with their instruments that were stirringly made in the Land of Springs. Percussions and strings had been correspondingly utilized with an upbeat sound.

Sir Clement Seymour Dodd, or simply known as “Coxsone,” is one of the most significant contributors of Ska music. Although he was not a music artist, he produced renowned bands in his recording studio called Studio One. In the late 50s, his successful creations became wildly well-liked in the fourth largest island nation of the Greater Antilles. And through the vehement lifestyle of “Rudies” or the rude boys, who were clad in sharp suits and Trilby hats that are enthused in American gangster motion pictures, jazz and soul music entertainers, in the poverty-stricken area and politically vicious culture of Kingston; the tensions between them and the political gangs led to other musically inclined citizens to generate symptomatic songs towards the strife in Jamaica, commending them to become less furious and violent. Subsequently, rude boys learned to express their notions by means of leaping and frolicking in Rastafarian dance halls.

Based on research, Ska music was divided into three eras: the First Wave (1960s), the Second Wave (in late 70s) and the Third Wave (1980s).

First Wave – the original Jamaican scene

Desmond Dekker
“007 (Shanty Town)”

The Skatalites
“Guns of Navarone”

Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Simmer Down”

Second-Wave Ska, or “Two-Tone” Ska – known as the period were the traditional music merged with punk rock.

The Specials / The Special AKA
“Too Much Too Young”

Bad Manners
“Lip Up Fatty”

Madness
“Baggy Trousers”

Third-Wave Ska – started in the 1980s and continued in the United States till the 90s.

The Toasters
“Two-Tone Army”

No Doubt
“Everything’s Wrong”

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
“The Impression that I Get”

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