History of Ska & Reggae


Music historians typically divide the history of ska into three periods: the original Jamaican scene of the 1960s; the English 2 Tone ska revival of the late 1970s, which fused Jamaican ska rhythms and melodies with the faster tempos and harder edge of punk rock; and the third wave of ska, which involved bands from the UK, other European countries (notably Germany), Australia, Japan, South America and the US, beginning in the 1980s and peaking in the 1990s.

(excerpt from Wikipedia)


Evolved out of the earlier genres of ska and rocksteady, Reggae incorporates American jazz, rhythm and blues, calypso, African music and mento – a celebratory, rural folk form that served a largely rural audience as dance music and an alternative to the hymns and adapted chanteys of local church singing. One of the most easily recognizable elements is offbeat rhythms; staccato chords played by a guitar or piano (or both) on the offbeats of the measure. The tempo of reggae is usually slower than ska but faster than rocksteady.

(excerpt from Wikipedia)

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