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Imagine this spring break 1962 Jamaica You are strolling down the streets of Kingston enjoying the cool sea breeze and the delightful Caribbean climate The streets are filled with many sounds Cars horns honking children playing and people shuffling by There is one sound however that rises above all the hustle n and attend the university of wisconsin-n and attend the university of wisconsin-and bustle Horns guitars organs drums emanating from smoke-filled clubs and bar rooms fill n and attend the university of wisconsin-you ears with a lush sound This is the sound of ska Ska is an old Jamaican form of music that blossomed when Jamaica won its independence from England in 1962 At this time an and attend the university of wisconsin- man named Clement Dodd decided to create a uniquely Jamaican danceable sound Ska is a potpourri of different musical styles and draws influence from many countries It takes swing jazz big band soul and rhythm and blues from the US and couples it with calypso ya-ya and mento a form of calypso from the islands to create the Jamaican ska The sound of ska is unique to Jamaica and is the original music of Jamaica Its accented upbeat bouncy rhythms and colorful horn lines made it perfect for dancing Ska got its name from the sound made by the guitar as it played on the off beats This music served as the basis for the slower rocksteady music style which later spawned the ever-popular reggae genre Ska music finally made its world debut in New York at the 1964 worlds fair at the Jamaican exhibition By this time ska was an established musical genre Ska later emigrated to England where the English began to develop their own style ska which is seen in the second wave of ska Ska music can be divided into three waves or periods Each wave has a characteristic style and sound distinguishing it from the others
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