\ ˈskä How to pronounce ska (audio) \

Definition of ska

: popular music of Jamaican origin that combines elements of traditional Caribbean rhythms and jazz

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Just like its musical predecessors, ska and rocksteady, reggae emerged from the poorest areas of West Kingston. Patricia Meschino, Billboard, "As Reggae Celebrates 50 Years, Some of the Genre's Pioneers Look Back on Its Worldwide Ascent," 1 July 2018 Appleton rum and Red Stripe are consumed while hips and hands move to the sounds of dancehall and ska. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "This Literary Festival in Jamaica Is the Island’s Best-Kept Secret," 12 June 2018 For several generations of young punk, ska and alternative-rock fans and performers, Warped has been a rite of passage each summer since 1995. Lisa Deaderick,, "Top weekend events: Vans Warped Tour, San Diego International Fringe Festival, 'Avenue Q'," 22 June 2018 The tour, which melded ska, punk, skating and other DIY subcultures in a wave of camaraderie, volume and sweat, has been going every summer since 1995. John Adamian,, "Britney Spears, Tory Lanez, Kimya Dawson: Seven Concert Highlights," 7 July 2018 There’s definitely songs that kind of venture off into the ska territory, and then some will be a little bit harder and go off towards, like, more punk. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Festival of the Lakes salutes '90s music," 5 July 2018 Musician and beer-lover Dan Regan of ska-revival band Reel Big Fish is behind the venture, which is turning out a slew of classic craft styles. John Verive, Los Angeles Magazine, "10 New L.A. Breweries That Should Be on Your Beer Week Radar," 11 June 2018 One of the bass guitars taken was played onstage by Eric Wilson, formerly of the popular ska-rock band Sublime, Dang said. Hannah Fry,, "Guitars worth $50,000 stolen from Costa Mesa recording studio, owners say," 24 May 2018 Their mix of Latin, surf, rockabilly, ska and whatever else is within reach is the kind of thing that stirs up a crowd in a rush. Houston Chronicle, "Concert listings: Reckless Kelly, Riff Raff, Ray Wylie Hubbard," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ska

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ska

perhaps alteration of scat entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of ska

: a type of fast popular music that combines elements of traditional Caribbean rhythms and jazz

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