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A Brief History of Ska

Joel Selvin, SF Gate, 23 March 2008

SKA EMERGED IN Jamaica as a kind of ham-fisted combination of American rhythm & blues and Caribbean folk styles, such as calypso and mento, in the late '50s, but it flourished after the former British colony gained independence in 1962. A robust recording scene developed around open discos called sound systems.

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