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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 After catching them at the Whisky, the British ska band the Specials asked the group to open for them on a tour of England. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Showtime’s ‘The Go-Go’s’ tells the many messy stories behind the band’s pioneering music," 7 Aug. 2020 The legendary Skatalites have served as ambassadors of ska music since the mid-’50s. Houston Chronicle, "The Must List: The Skatalites, Houston Chamber Choir," 12 Dec. 2019 Trench Town is known as the birthplace of reggae, where bandleaders like Alton Ellis and Delroy Wilson forged the upbeat dance style of ska into the cool sway of rocksteady. Brandon Wilner, New York Times, "40 Years Later, Reggae’s Heart Still Beats in the Bronx," 5 Jan. 2020 Yes, Paterson has brought touches of ska to his Beatles homage, as well as country, rockabilly, jazz and more. Howard Reich,, "Chicago guitarist Joel Paterson brings his jazzy, ’50s style to music of the Beatles," 21 Nov. 2019 Los Skarnales The local ska-punk band celebrates 25 years with a concert at White Oak Music Hall. Houston Chronicle, "The Go List: Los Skarnales, Shen Yun," 26 Dec. 2019 Their music has evolved beyond the ska umbrella since those early days, but the spirit of silliness remains. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Best concerts in Phoenix for November: Post Malone, Cher, Summer Walker, Brockhampton," 1 Nov. 2019 The Toasters Long-running ska band skanks into town. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Concerts in Houston: Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, Natalia Lafourcade," 3 Oct. 2019 Valentine, 40, was part of the musical trio Square and also played with the ska band Reel Big Fish before joining Kara’s Flowers, later renamed Maroon 5, in the early 2000s. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Maroon 5’s James Valentine makes his move," 28 Sep. 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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17 Aug 2020

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“Ska.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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