Ska meaning

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A form of dance music, originally from Jamaica, characterized by the use of saxophones and brass, a heavily accented offbeat, and the influence of New Orleans rhythm and blues, jazz, and calypso.
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Popular music originating in Jamaica in the 1960s, having elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, and calypso, a fast tempo, and a strong accent placed on the offbeat.
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A style of Jamaican dance music combining elements of Caribbean calypso and mento with American jazz and rhythm and blues.
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(astronomy) Initialism of Square Kilometer Array.
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Origin of ska

  • From the phrase (Love) Ska(voovie) greeting used by Jamaican bassist Cluet Johnson, one of the early creators of ska, or imitative of the sound of a guitar in tandem with a rim click on a snare drum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin uncertain. Probably imitative of the crisp guitar sound; other suggestions include a contraction of American slang skavoovie, or of speed polka.

    From Wiktionary