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ska

[skah] /skɑ/
noun
1.
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
1960-1965
1960-65; of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for skas

ska

/skɑː/
noun
1.
a type of West Indian pop music of the 1960s, accented on the second and fourth beats of a four-beat bar
Word Origin
C20: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for skas

ska

n.

1964, Jamaican, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for skas

ska

noun

An early form of reggae music: various musical trends, punk, New Wave, power-pop, ska

[1964+; origin unknown]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for skas

ska

Jamaica's first indigenous urban pop style

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