A genre of music which originated in Jamaica, mid 1900's. Ska is the precursor to reggae music, which in America seems to be a more popular genre, and has never been widely accepted as a true style of music (meaning you won't find it as a tag on iTunes as of today, October 13th, '09). Many people are haters of ska music, and some of my close friends are big fans. I don't see what the big deal is about popularity and social standards. I like ska because it's full of hype and positive energy, and I love to dance to it. I get dirty looks from people when I play ska in the car or on my stereo, especially when they hear the horn section (tends to induce a WHAT-THE-FUCK-ARE-YOU-LISTENING-TO?!" response) And it's funny, if I take the time to play the band "Cake" before a ska song, people are suddenly reminded that having a horn section in a band isn't a reason to tell the DJ to go fuck himself/herself. Let's be honest. I'm a white middle class suburban kid. I'm not a "gangsta", and therefore, I'm not going to be superficial and listen to rap music because everyone else does and because it makes me feel like I'm the shit. If I like a rap song, I'll listen to it because I like the tone, the rhythm, the rhyme: The same reason why I like Ska. I'm going to be cheesy now: Ska has heart and soul. I love it because it makes me happy and makes me feel young. As I grow older, I won't stop listening to Ska, because it's not a dead genre, and it will never die. I'll shut up now. Skank On!
What's there to say? Ska kicks major motherfucking ass.
by DingoDog22 October 13, 2009
Ska is great music that was formed in Jamacia, this was done by conbining amercian jazz with the traditional jamacian beat.
There is 3 waves, Jamacian ska (1st wave), two-tone (2nd wave), and Ameriacn ska (3rd wave). Throughout the years ska has greatly changed. some examples of ska bands are: the Skatilites, and Toots and the Maytals (Jamacian ska), the Specials, and the Madness (two-tone), Big D and the Table Kids, and Catch 22.
Ska is one of the greatest music ever created, and if you dislike it you suck because some of your favorite bands probably origonated form ska.
by the experience May 24, 2006
Upbeat and lively form of music that originated in Jamaica during the 1950's. Although ever popular in Jamaica, ska went through a series of revivials. Two Tone or Second Wave ska originated in BRITAIN when the punk music of the white working class was combined with the ska of black immigrants. Third Wave ska originated in America as an offshoot of punk music, owing much to Two Tone ska from BRITAIN.
two tone ska music is from BRITAIN, B-R-I-T-A-I-N, not america. Anyone who says otherwise is stupid.
by Roger March 12, 2004
Ska originated in Jamaica when traditional reggae met with the american jazz scene. The "punk" sound came from brittain, and soon people all over the world were listening to the Rudies.

One of the most distincive parts of ska music is Skanking. It's a dance that consists of a whole two steps, and is all about fun. The word you're thinking is the slang "skank", right? That word came from the rudies, who, after dancing for an hour, would be very sweaty.

Ska still lives on today. There are many ska bands still around, and many are jumping into the punk rock scene such as Leftover Crack (Formerly known as Choking Victim). Many still play the old two-tone style, which is slower...but most play and upbeat punk sound with the destinctive guitar beat, and the good old trumpet, trombone and sax.
There is a ska band here in michigan by the name of Thirteen Thirty-Six. They are very new, less than 2 years old, and are playing shows with growing popularity.

Catch 22 still does shows, which people love to watch.

Ska is NOT dead. Everyone has their opinions. If you like rap, you probably won't like ska. Just don't waste your time trying to give it a bad name. Especially on a dictionary site. Do you have no lives?
by SkaLives May 27, 2006
Greatest music ever created by people who create music.
Streetlight Manifesto the greatest Ska band ever.
by Forrest L. March 24, 2006
1.A kickass genre of music consisting of the common drums, bass, and guitar, with added Brass instruments. generally very upbeat and happy with a dynamic structure to allow for incredibly fast playing and lyrics, or the option of slowing down.

2.known as the polar opposite of all things emo for its happy upbeatness

3. along with the music, ska is its own fashion style, known as rudeboy. generally consisting of black suits, with black shoes, ties, sunglasses and fedoras. with white socks, and shirts. usually accompanied by checkers.
1. wow... look at that band! they play so damn fast! and no fucking way they have a trombone and a trumpet.... woah shit theres a saxaphone too!

2.
Ska kid: woah! I love Reel Big Fish, deffinetely the happiest band ive ever fucking heard. WOO! YEAH!

Emo Kid: i prefer Dashboard Confessional... they're so deep, i love to write poetry and cut myself to them *sobs*

Ska kid: ... wow, dont you ever want to be happy? you know. have a half-decently fun life?

emo kid: happiness is a lie. you look happy... but i can tell your crying inside.. just like me, lets cry together

*ska kid smack's emo kid with his trombone*

3. "wow... look at that guy. he looks so cool"
"what does he look like?"
"he's wearing a suit, with a fedora, and theres checkers everywhere"
"he's a ska kid.... hes dressed up rudeboy"
"sweet!"
by j-time232 August 27, 2006
Ska started in Jamaica in the 1950s. The Jamaican people usually listened American radio and records, but when we switched to rock n roll, they couldn't stand it. They needed their own music. Also, Jamaica had just gained independence from Britain. Their president called for a type of music that was truly Jamaican, not a copy of British music. Thus, ska was born as a blend of every rhythmic style of music found at the time. Ska gets its name from the morning greeting of the man who really started the music. Every day he yelled "Happy skavoovee" to people, and so the music was called "ska." The original dancing was simply "the ska" and was just the people of Kingston moving to the beat. Some well known artists of this type of ska are Desmond Dekker and the Aces, The Skatalites, Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals, Prince Buster, and Bob Marley. In Jamaica, a very slow form of ska developed into rocksteady. Rocksteady developed into reggae. It is a popular misconception that ska came from reggae. The Jamaicans who made ska were hoodlums. They were "the guys your mother warned you about" like Fonzie. They're sort of Jamaican punks. The Jamaican slang for "cool" was "rude." Thus, these guys were called "rude boys."

In the 1960s, Jamaican music, mainly ska, became popular in the UK as well as the world. It was Millie Small's "My Boy Lollipop" that turned the world onto ska. Mods and skinheads were prominant in the ska scene. Remember that skinheads were not Nazis; it was a fashion. Bob Marley, though generally known for his dreadlocks, was a skinhead at one point. Even the Beatles thought ska was cool and tried to incorporate ska-elements into "Obladi Oblada."

The first record label in the UK to cater exclusively to this kind of music was started by Jerry Dammers, the keyboardist for the Specials (aka The Special AKA). Because ska was really the first (and still probably only) musical genre to equally incorporate both black and white artists, he named his label Two Tone Records. Every record released contained a drawing of a man named Walt Jabsco who dressed completely in a black and white suit with a thin black tie and porkpie hat. This drawing was based off of a picture of Peter Tosh in traditional rude boy fashion. Also on the album covers was a pattern known simply as "Two Tone." This is the signature checkerboard pattern. It represents racial unity since there are equal amounts of both black and white and they are touching, not separated. Equality and untiy between black and white are both represented. It is also important to note that Walt was all black and white as well. The more well-known bands of this time are The Specials (aka The Special AKA), Madness, The Selector, The Beat, The Bodysnatchers, and The Swinging Cats.

Skanking originated in the UK at this time. Instead of keeping ones feet on the ground like doing the twist, people started kicking higher and swinging their arms more wildly. This fit since 2Tone ska is more upbeat than Jamaican ska. The faster tempo and wilder dancing could be attributed to the early punk influence.

Jamaica reached the US in the 80s. By then, so much had been added to the original ska, that it was very different. After all the addition of punk and rock n roll, ska was very different. This is where ska gets confusing, however. Some will claim that ska is still in its 3rd wave. Others say 4th. I go with the latter. Whether one considers there to have been 3 or 4 waves is inconsequentiontial. Early American ska was closer to 2Tone with punk influence than modern ska is, yet some people aren't willing to say that ska-pop is the 4th wave since there was a smoother transition between 3rd and 4th wave than the others. Generally the bands that were popular in the 80s are more 3rd wave and the ones that popped up in the mid-90s are 4th. I will say that 3rd wave ska bands include bands like Fishbone, The Toasters, No Doubt (old stuff), The Reel Big Fish (old stuff)and The Untouchables. For 4th I'll include more punk and pop things as The Reel Big Fish (new stuff), Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt (newer stuff), Less Than Jake, Catch 22, Hepcat, and Streetlight Manifesto. The part where No Doubt and The Reel Big Fish are in both because of their sound changes is where the wae system breaks down. The inclusion of bands in both sections is what makes it harder to define where 3rd wave ends and 4th begins.
I'm listening to a great ska band called Streetlight Manifesto.
by macoafi June 08, 2005

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