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A history of the genre of music known as "Ska"

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