The history of ska

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The history of ska

  1. 1. The History of Ska<br />By: Joel Kirst<br />
  2. 2. Background<br />Ska has it’s roots in Jamaica in the early 1960s<br />Fuses calypso music with American Jazz and R&B<br />Made for dancing<br />
  3. 3. Sound of Ska<br />Traditional ska band consists of:<br />Guitars<br />Bass Guitars<br />Drums<br />Keyboards<br />Horns (saxophones, trumpets and trombones)<br />
  4. 4. Sound of Ska<br />Drumbeats are on the 2nd and 4th beats<br />Guitar hits the 2nd, 3rd and 4th beats<br />Upbeat, quick tempo for dancing<br />
  5. 5. Important Terms<br />Rude Boys<br />Impoverished Jamaican teens hired by DJs to crash street dances<br />Gangs were formed from these groups<br />Skanking<br />Dance style to go with Ska music<br />Do the running man, arms bent at elbows with fists punching outward<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY4QAK_a0QY<br />
  6. 6. Coxsone Dodd<br />Founded Studio One in order to provide Jamaica with the ska sound unique to their culture during their freedom from Great Britain<br />
  7. 7. Evolution of Ska<br />Ska came in three “waves”<br />First wave came about in Jamaica in the 1960s<br />Second wave created in England in the 1970s<br />Third wave created in America and is the most known form of Ska today<br />
  8. 8. First Wave<br />1960 in Jamaica<br />Used traditional calypso music of Jamaica and American Jazz and R&B<br />Famous Band of the era:<br />The Skatalites<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHxEijSG7fg&feature=related<br />
  9. 9. Second Wave<br />Also known as Two Tone Ska referring to the record label<br />Created in 1970 in England<br />Fused Punk with traditional Ska<br />Famous Band of the era:<br />The Specials<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgCZN1rU5co&feature=related<br />
  10. 10. Third Wave<br />Created in America taking influence from two tone ska<br />Had more of a punk sound<br />Popular in the 1990s<br />Famous Bands include:<br />The Mighty MightyBosstones - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIGMUAMevH0<br />No Doubt - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZktNItwexo<br />Sublime - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmadSGJCzo8<br />
  11. 11. Skinheads<br />Found in the two tone ska scene in England<br />Refers to their shaved heads<br />Usually wore Jeans rolled up so people could see their combat boots<br />Wore suspenders and T-Shirts with a Jean jacket or suit coat<br />
  12. 12. Skinheads<br />
  13. 13. So…How Does It Relate?<br />Ska drew influences from different genres:<br />Jazz<br />R&B<br />Punk<br />Just as Rock and Roll did <br />Created a new subculture<br />Subculture took roots in the Punk movement<br />
  14. 14. THE END!<br />

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