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.

Without ska, there would be no reggae (PRI)

Below, dig Don Drummond and The Skatalites' classic "Man in the Street" (1964).