\ 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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Los Angeles ska-punk band the Interrupters will open each show. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Green Day, Weezer, Fall Out Boy to play Comerica Park next summer," 10 Sep. 2019 Yet that boardwalk performance of the ska-adjacent pop track felt like a long-overdue arrival for one of the standouts on Happiness Begins. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello's New No. 1 'Senorita'," 27 Aug. 2019 Piña was a pioneer, known for his fusion of cumbia and tropical sounds as a base, combining them with all kinds of popular genres from the north, to sonidero, ska, reggae, rap, hip-hop, among others. Los Angeles Times, "Celso Piña, renowned Mexican musician of the cumbia genre, dies at 66," 22 Aug. 2019 With an interest in genres ranging from ska to hip-hop, Pina collaborated with a number of major Mexican rock artists including Cafe Tacvba, Lila Downs and Julieta Venegas. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Mexico’s ‘rebel of the accordion’ Celso Pina dead at 66," 21 Aug. 2019 Up-and-coming ska act The Interrupters are also on the bill. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Concerts in Houston: Carly Rae Jepsen, MC Hammer, Mary J. Blige and Nas," 1 Aug. 2019 Unsteady blends ska and reggae with a dash of geek, lounge and funky soul with horns, organ, driving bass and drums. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Women’s group honors members," 29 July 2019 The film explores the popularity of ska music in the 1990s. Hal Boedeker,, "Charlie Brown, ‘The Farewell,’ opera: All at Enzian," 14 Aug. 2019 The label hired Men at Work producer Peter McIan to mine radio-ready pop hits out of the Unreal Gods’ mixture of rockabilly, ska and straightforward rock ’n’ roll., "Billy Rancher and the Unreal Gods, ‘kings of downtown Portland,’ streaked toward 1980s rock stardom -- until tragedy struck," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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