ska

ska

[skah]
noun
a modern style of vocalized Jamaican popular music, which emerged in the 1950s as a blend of African-Jamaican folk music, calypso, and American rhythm and blues, notable for its shuffling, scratchlike tempo and jazzlike horn riffs on the offbeat.
Compare reggae, rock steady.


Origin:
1960–65; of obscure origin

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ska (skɑː)
 
n
a type of West Indian pop music of the 1960s, accented on the second and fourth beats of a four-beat bar
 
[C20: origin unknown]

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ska
1964, Jamaican, of unknown origin.
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ska

Jamaica's first indigenous urban pop style

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