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This review is from: Beginner's Guide to Ska (Audio CD)
1962 was a key year in Jamaica-independence from the British Empire,the beginnings of Ska and the first single by future superstar Bob Marley.
Before that the music played on the island's Sound Systems came from America and was called Shuffle while their own folk music was Mento and Calypso
While the last named made inroads into America's music in the 50s (Harry Belafonte,the Tarriers and Mitchell Torok and various artists influenced by the music such as Richard Berry whose hit song Louie Louie was set in Jamaica)the new Ska music was part of the British Invasion via Mille Small with a single produced in the U K by an ex Jamaican otherwise was more of a novelty picked up occasionally eg Annette with Carribean Ska and Tracey Dey (Ska Diddle)
Ska was therefore bigger in the U K throughout the 60s when it became reggae by the 70s with U S hits by Desmond Decker,the Maytals
By the 80s the sounds of Ska were behind the Two Tone movement which is the 3rd CD in this box.
Reggae hit in the States via the Police and the Fine Young Cannibals who were both chart toppers
Listen to enough music by Fats Domino and you see where the idea for Ska came from
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2012 08:47:48 GMT
John Rose says:
hello,the first ska singles to hit britain in 1963 were love another love by the schoolgirls and little dilly by the schoolboys followed later by prince busters al capone all on the bluebeat label,i know this to be correct because i bought them in 63 aged 16.the other sounds to hit us were the blues men howling wolf ,jimmy reed,john lee hooker and sonnyboy williamson and then the stones came along!.
Posted on 5 Oct 2012 18:22:18 BDT
M. Tuttle says:
Very nice of you to share your knowledge but whats the CD like ?
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2012 08:26:00 BDT
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