Ska

Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s. It is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the upbeat. Melodies are played by brass like trumpet, trombone, or saxophone.

Birth: 1958 Bloom: 1963

Jamaican music is based on the specific kind of rhythm: mento.

In the 50s Jamaican music producer Clement «Coxsone» Dodd began to produce native Jamaican music, he released several Ska song versions and explained the definition of this new style. The term «Ska» is echoic consisted of the guitar sound with syncopations. In 1962 Cecil Bustamante Campbell (Prince Buster) asked his guitarist to make stronger afterbeat instead of downbeat. That`s how the ska style was officially started, when ska elements can be found even in the `50s records.

Ska sound is characterized by accented rhythms on the upbeat and walking bass lines. The style was formed as an independent genre by musicians such as Coxsone, Prince Buster, Clue J, Duke Reid, and many others.

Umbrellate style: Reggae

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