Ska Music In Jamaica

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Music is known to be a universal language and every human culture has music, just as each has language. At the same time, both music and linguistic systems vary widely from culture to culture which is a universal feature of the human experience. Melody can contribute to the expression of emotion in music. Thus, giving Jamaica full credit for ska music, which began organically in Kingston, Jamaica as a music of the people, schools, streets, studios, dance halls and sound systems. This lead to an orchestrated push to use ska as a way to help develop Jamaica’s tourist industry and help stable the economy. In the early 1960s, ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica, and we can thank the Alpha School for giving us musicians.
Ska music came around during Jamaica’s independence in 1962, and Jamaicans got a taste of what would be known as ska music. This type of music was a different sound from anything heard before, and Jamaicans could not get enough of it. This was considered the first Jamaican music to be widely recorded in Jamaica, United Kingdom and Britain. Ska music is considered to be the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. This type of music had elements mento, calypso, jazz, and R&B. In the 1960s, musicians Prince Buster, Duke Reid, and Clement "Coxsone" Dodd created sound systems. They began to play American rhythm and blues and then began recorded their own songs. With the introduction to sound systems Jamaican bands began covering American hits and began to take the

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