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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
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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
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A term commonly referred to by second semester seniors, meaning "Seniors Kick Ass." Typically used during both good and bad nights, usually comes during a string of profanities.
Oh shit, my ID got taken up. SKA bitch, blow me!!
by LooshMaGoosh January 03, 2010
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Greatest music ever created by people who create music.
Streetlight Manifesto the greatest Ska band ever.
by Forrest L. March 24, 2006
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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
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jamaican pop music born in kingston in the 1950's, a mixture of soul, r&b, country, mento, callipso, and jazz. ska had 3 waves, traditional, 2 tone, and turd wave... ska paved the way for other generes such as rocksteady (65-68), reggae (68-75), dub (75-ect.)
ska paved the way for reggae and the rest of the music that sounds like it
by LAdhRUDEBOY September 22, 2003
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an overlooked genre of music. often consisting of horns and guitars, and reggae-like sound.
Catch 22
Less than Jake
Reel Big Fish
Mad Caddies
Mustard Plug
by Anonymous May 07, 2003
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