\ ˈskä How to pronounce ska (audio) \

Definition of ska

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

Examples of ska in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Veteran promoter Díaz has booked acts ranging from Paul Anka and Charles Aznavour to Luis Fonsi and Latin-ska fusion band Los Auténticos Decadentes in Chilean venues, and manages singers Pablo Herrera, Alberto Plaza and others. Steve Knopper, Billboard, 23 Sep. 2021 In May, the ska punks released their eleventh studio album When God Was Great, one which focuses on the importance of human connection. Jim Ryan, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 Travers, who is also credited as an arranger and lyricist within the band, supplied a signature ska-reggae sound to follow-up hits that also recast classic songs with the band’s sound. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2021 Here’s hoping the internet is once again flooded with punk and ska covers of every song imaginable, turning Bandcamp into 2004 Kazaa. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 23 Aug. 2021 During the men’s street heats, the Olympic-stadium speakers blasted hip-hop and ska. Nic Dobija-nootens, The Atlantic, 5 Aug. 2021 The British ska legends are still bouncing more than 40 years into their career. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 12 May 2021 No Doubt’s Tony Kanal reminisces about one of the Orange County ska band’s early tours and how their gig at a venue in Oxford, Mississippi, sold zero tickets. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 30 Apr. 2021 In that time, their culture was completely integrated into British culture and then became these subcultures of ska and punk, which came later as an amalgamation of the two cultures. Essence, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ska

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ska

perhaps alteration of scat entry 3

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5 Oct 2021

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“Ska.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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