The best of SKA Rocksteady Reggae 50s,60s,70s.80s


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Ska evolved in the 1960s from traditional #Jamaican and pan-Caribbean genres, like mento and calypso, combined with the dramatic new influences of North American rhythm and blues, #jazz, and early rock ’n’ roll. Early ska was fundamentally dancing music, and featured fast, upbeat songs in a 4/4 time signature with heavy syncopation — an emphasis on the second and fourth beats of a measure, known as the backbeat — as well as a guitar or piano line hitting the offbeat. The rhythm produced an offbeat strike known as the "skank." Ska bands tended to feature horn sections, and harmony singers were common, though the songs revolved around a lead singer's solos, with a comparable structure to the soul music that was popular in the United States at the time.

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