Ska — Jamaica’s first indigenous music — has experienced several revivals. Led by Desmond Decker in the ’60s, The Specials and Fishbone in the ’80s, and third-wavers Sublime and No Doubt in the mid-’90s, each new version strayed further from its origin, often achieving a cult status. Still, somehow, in the Jamaican music legacy, true ska has stood in the shadow of reggae.
Originating in the dance halls of Kingston in the late ’50s — long before reggae with its leisurely pace and ganja haze — ska combined fast and infectious music with a heavily punctuated off-beat, pulling equally from traditional Caribbean music, early blues and R&B.
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