Though the mention of ska music might inspire images of working-class English rude boys riding Vespas, ska originated in Jamaica at the confluence of many musical rivers. Its roots can be traced as far back as the 1700s, when African slaves were called upon to entertain their masters. The oppressed were decked out in mock royal garb and allowed to act like kings and queens; then they would dance a bouncier, Africanized version of the quadrille. Some performers of the '60s, such as Prince Buster, pay tribute to this rhythmic tradition in... More >>>