Ongoing History Daily: The waves of ska
If we stand back and look at the history of ska, we are now in its fourth wave.
- The first came in the 40s and 50s with the original ska pioneers in Jamaica who created this music with influences from calypso, New Orleans Dixieland, a form of music called mento, and American R&B.
- Second Wave Ska appeared in the late 70s. This is where we find post-punk ska-inspired bands like The Specials, The English Beat, The Selector and the whole 2 Tone sound.
- Third Wave Ska hit in the middle 90s when the ska sound mixed even more with punk. Think certain songs by No Doubt and Rancid.
- Today, we’re in the midst of Fourth Wave. The best example of that sound would be the Interrupters. Ska is just one of those sounds that keeps coming back again and again.