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Ska is the mother of reggae


Public Radio International aired this short audio piece on ska, the musical form that took off in the early 1960s, blending Jamaican jazz with American soul and rhythm and blues, and influenced numerous excellent bands, from The Clash and The Specials to No Doubt and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

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Happy birthday, Lee "Scratch" Perry! (and 1985 interview video)

Happy birthday, Lee "Scratch" Perry! The dub pioneer is 77 today. Here is an interview with Perry from the 1985 documentary "Jools in Jamaica," hosted by non other than Squeeze founder and TV/radio presenter, Jools Holland.