A music genre which originated from Jamaica during the late 1950s is called the ska. It is a predecessor to reggae and rocksteady. This genre is combination of the constituents of Caribbean calypso and mento with an American jazz and tempo, Ska is identified by a rhythmic bass line.

During the year 1960s ska became an officious music genre and became really popular with British mod. It then became so famous among skinheads. The history of ska was actually divided in three periods: the original Jamaican scene of the 1960s (First Wave), the English 2 Tone ska revival of the late 1970s (Second Wave) and the third wave ska movement, which started in the 1980s.

There are many theories regarding the origin of the word Storybeat Apk ska. It was said by Ernest Ranglin that it was coined by a musicians to the sound of a guitar strum. Another theory is that during a recording session in 1959 produced by Coxsone Dodd, double bassist Cluett Johnson told Ranglin “play like ska, ska, ska.” The other theory is that ska was originated from Johnson’s “skavoovie”, this was know as his greeting for his friends. It was insisted by Jackie Mittoo to call the rhythm Staya Staya. Then finally Byron Lee presented the word ska.

There is another story about the origin of   it is about Prince Buster made it during the inaugural recording for his latest label Wild Bells. The guitarist started to accentuated the second and fourth beats in the bar. The drum beat was inspired from the traditional drumming and marching styles of Jamaica.


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