Jamaican Ska  (aka First Wave Ska) - Music Genres - Rate Your Music
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Also known as:  First Wave Ska
The first wave of Ska originated in Jamaica with groups like The Skatalites, who combined Jazz and Rhythm & Blues with rhythms of traditional Caribbean Music like Mento and Calypso. The unmistakable rhythm of ska is defined by the strong emphasis on the off-beats. Horn sections, busy and walking bass lines, and smooth vocal harmonies are also characteristic of Jamaican ska.

The original sound of ska developed in post-WWII Jamaica, where musicians were influenced by United States radio stations broadcasting New Orleans R&B, Jump-Blues, and shuffle-blues music. Initially ska was a Jamaican counterpart to this southern blues music, but quickly developed into a unique style. The notable off-beat guitar rhythm work heard in tracks like Fats Domino's "Be My Guest" was a heavy influence on the development of Jamaican ska. Due to the country's then lack of acknowledgement of international music copyright protection, local bands would often perform covers of popular North American and British shuffle and rock songs in this new style.

With the rise of North American Soul music in the early-to-mid 1960s, the style of ska changed, and developed into Rocksteady towards the end of the decade. Both the new style of rocksteady, and the original form of ska were the main influences behind the rise of the Reggae genre in the late 1960s. Towards the end of the 1970s, British bands who had grown up listening to first wave ska revived the genre as 2 Tone (second wave ska), and eventually this lead to the Third Wave Ska revival in North America. Jamaican ska pre-dates 2 tone by approximately two decades, and was known simply as ska until the genre's revival usurped the original term. Many important Jamaican musicians of the 1960-70s, including The Wailers, The Upsetters and Toots & The Maytals, began by playing ska before switching to reggae and Dub.
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Released Artist Title Reviews Ratings Score
2003 Derrick Morgan Moon Hop: Best of the Early Years 1960-'69 1 16
 
 
4.02
2003 The Skatalites Guns of Navarone: The Best of The Skatalites 1 29
 
 
3.79
2003 Bob Marley and The Wailers Greatest Hits at Studio 1 8
 
 
3.66
2003 Various Artists Mark Lamarr Presents Nuclear Weapon (Duke Reid's Early Years) 3
 
 
3.68
2003 Prince Buster Rock a Shacka Vol. 5: Dance Cleopatra - Prince Buster Selection 6
 
 
3.70
2003 Desmond Dekker Rudy Got Soul: The Early Beverley's Sessions 1963-1968
2003 Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers Last Train to Skaville 2 61
 
 
3.92
2003 Various Artists Ska Down Jamaica Way Volume Two
2003 Various Artists Ska Down Jamaica Way Volume Three
2004 Owen Gray Shook, Shimmy & Shake: The Anthology 6
 
 
3.59
2004 Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Jamaica Ska and Other Jamaican Party Anthems 5
 
 
3.90
2004 Various Artists Gaz Mayall Top Ska Tunes! 6
 
 
3.18
2004 Millie Time Will Tell 1 4
 
 
3.13
2004 Various Artists Studio One Ska 1 41
 
 
3.82
2004 Theo Beckford Trojan Battlefield: King Pioneer Ska Productions 1 3
 
 
4.24
2005 Various Artists Trojan Ska Rarities Box Set 10
 
 
3.85
2005 The Skatalites In Orbit Vol. 1 7
 
 
3.55
2006 Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come: The Early Years 1962-1972 1 7
 
 
3.59
2006 Various Artists Ska Anthems: The Essential Jamaican Party Album 2
 
 
4.06
2007 The Skatalites On the Right Track 2 21
 
 
3.83
2007 Stranger & Patsy Fabulous Songs of Miss Sonia Pottinger Vol. 1
2007 The Skatalites Anthology 4
 
 
3.95
2007 Lord Tanamo I'm in the Mood for Ska: The Best of Lord Tanamo 6
 
 
3.60
2007 The Skatalites Rolling Steady (The 1983 Music Mountain Sessions) 4
 
 
3.62
2007 The Skatalites Play Ska 3
 
 
3.95
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Primary votes: 1220 / distinct releases: 560Secondary votes: 260 / distinct releases: 104
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