A style of music revolving around horns, guitar, bass, drums, and a vocalist. Chordal structure is that of upbeats or power chords. Some ska bands have trumpets like Reel Big Fish, some have trombones and saxes, like Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and some have two trombones and a French horn, like Sold for Less. Skanking is the dancing done to such music, and is characterized by kicking those legs and punching the air and flailing.
Dude, I love to skank to that ska. I really dig that sound
by Skankin to Life January 10, 2008
music genre that originated in Jamaica. Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. It is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the upbeat.
sublime, the ethopians, toots and the maytals, lynn tait etc. ska
by Boatdock January 03, 2012
kickass music comin ou tof the late 60's punky reggea party which begot Two-Tone which then turned into ska when some Rudeboy was like "... yo lets put some horns to that two tone beat." it is the best music in the world, combining the best traits of Reggae, Swing and Punk. the many different varieties of ska include Two-Tone (first-wave/ traditional) ska/punk, and 3rd wave. Ska has brought to light and coind such phrases as "hep, hep, hep" and "pick it up!" (these two phrases oftern adjoin one another in usage at ska shows.
so i was walkin down the street and i see these hepcats n' kittens all dressed up to jive and i says "where you goin?" and they says to me "hey, hey rudie, we're goin on down to the ska show." so we go and the joint is bustin out and all the Rudeboys and Rudegirls were like "hep, hep, hep, PICK IT UP!" And all the Rudeboys, hepcats n' kittens were skankin' to that two-tone beat. SKA IS NOT DEAD!!!
by John The Mad Hatter Marden February 01, 2005
ska is this amazing type of music, that everyone loves, except for all you emo pubes, but tbf i know one guy who's emo, who LOVES ska and his name his chris and he's uber cool
we all love chris, who loves ska, quite possibly the best gift given to this earth
by millicent dewey January 23, 2005