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Dedicated to Reggae Lovers - Hosted by Kahlil Wonda and AGARD, Reggae Lover (@ReggaeLoverPodcast) pulls back the curtain on the issues, back-stories, and adventures of the global reggae music phenomena.This reggae podcast features discussions on the culture, economics, and all things relatable to re… read more


61 - Reggae Lover Podcast - Original Vintage Ska

This episode starts with early rocksteady then goes back in time to original vintage ska.  

For those who are not familiar with ska, I will attempt to give you a brief history. Ska music originated in Jamaica in the 1950s and became popular in the 1960s. When you listen to ska lyrics and melodies you must keep a few things in mind:

1 - Ska had an uptempo beat for dancing and required very energetic dance moves. It's based on Mento (Jamaican folk music) and Caribbean Calypso mixed with classic American R&B.
2 - Jamaica gained independence from Great Britain in 1962 with ska as the soundtrack. This music is the island's 1st true ‘pop' genre and there is a sense of new national pride in some of the lyrics.
3 - An influx of youth moved from outlying areas of the island to Kingston to look for work. Unable to make a living, many teens resorted to illegal activities. This set the stage for what became known as the “rude boy” subculture, another major source of lyrics in early ska.

In the late 1960s the pace of the ska beat slowed down and a new, slower genre called rocksteady emerged. Rocksteady only remained popular from 1966 to 1968. Then reggae music hit the town and spread like wildfire.  

Ska caught on in the British market from 1960 to 1967. Many British ska record labels popped up on the scene releasing music that featured Jamaican artists and musicians. The skinhead and punk communities also embraced the music. Ska experienced a revival with a second wave of popularity driven by UK bands in the 1970s.  Traditional ska transformed with the hard edge of punk rock among other influences.  

The third wave of popularity began in the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. By then most continents had a growing ska presence. Ska bands such as No Doubt, Sublime, and Fishbone led the way in the United States and had major commercial success.  


Johnny Clarke - Move Out of Babylon
Burning Spear - Marcus Garvey
Carl Dawkins - Baby I Love You
Derrick Morgan - Tougher Than Tough
Peter Tosh and The Soulmates - Rudie’s Medley
Desmond Dekker - 007 (Shanty Town)
Lloyd Robinson - No More Trouble
Alton Ellis and The Flames - Cry Tough
Alton Ellis and The Flames - Blessing of Love
Hopeton Lewis - Take It Easy
Alton Ellis - Girl I’ve Got a Date
U-Roy - Wake the Town
U-Roy - I Can’t Love Another
Ken Boothe - The Train is Coming
Bob Andy - I’ve Got to Go Back Home
Delroy Wilson - Dancing Mood
Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
Paragons - Happy Go Lucky Girl
Eric Morris - If I Didn’t Love You
The Melodians - Rivers of Babylon
Stranger Cole - Rough and Tough
Theophilus Beckford - Easy Snappin’
Bob and Marcia - Young Gifted and Black
Prince Buster - Hard Man Fe Dead
The Maytals - Six and Seven Books of Moses
The Skatalites - Guns of Navarone
Derrick Morgan - Forward March
Prince Buster - Al Capone
Derrick Morgan - The Hop
Derrick Morgan - Housewives Choice
Don Drummond - Man in the Street
The Folkes Brothers - Oh Carolina
Bob Marley - Judge Not
Jimmy Cliff - Miss Jamaica
Alton Ellis and The Flames - Dance Crasher
Justin Hinds and The Dominoes - Carry Go Bring Come
The Wailers - Simmer Down
Laurel Aitken - Boogie in My Bones
Clancy Eccles - Sammy No Dead
Baba Brooks - Girl’s Town Ska
Owen Gray - Midnight Track
Millie Small - My Boy Lollipop

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