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ska

[skah]
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noun
  1. a modern style of vocalized Jamaican popular music, which emerged in the 1950s as a blend of African-Jamaican folk music, calypso, and American rhythm and blues, notable for its shuffling, scratchlike tempo and jazzlike horn riffs on the offbeat.
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Origin of ska

First recorded in 1960–65; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for ska

Historical Examples

  • Ska man' dros, or Scamander—a river of the Troad or plains of Troy.

    Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca

    Homer

  • Ho som so gjilt kan po Langoleik spelo,Svanaug den vena, ska no væra mi!

    Strife and Peace

    Fredrika Bremer

  • What I want is to drive every pony across the Wakon and up the Ska valley, where we'll find support.

    Under Fire

    Charles King


British Dictionary definitions for ska

ska

noun
  1. a type of West Indian pop music of the 1960s, accented on the second and fourth beats of a four-beat bar
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Word Origin

C20: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for ska

n.

1964, Jamaican, of unknown origin.

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