Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusic · 1 decade ago

what is the difference between Reggae and SKa?



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  • 1 decade ago
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    Ska is a punk rockish type of music that derived from Reggae. Reggae is more of a spiritual music, and Ska is more of a let's go out and skateboard music.

  • 1 decade ago

    Reggae and ska were both "born" in Kingston, Jamaica. Reggae is a much older music form, and has a much slower pace. Both forms use "bubble and scratch" guitar riffs.

    Although ska music was born in Jamaica, other than a few hits (the most famous of which was Desmond Dekker's "Israelites"), the music form was really revitalised in the UK in the late 70s and early 80s by bands like the Selector and the Specials, and later Madness and The Beat.

    The heavy version of reggae, as popularized by the likes of Jah Lion, etc is known as "dub". Another form of reggae, as popularized by the likes of Gregory Isaacs, is known as "lover's rock".

    Now, the main difference for me is the way you dance. Dancing to ska involves a lot of movement and bopping around. And reggae - well, you dance a lot slower, if at all.

  • 1 decade ago

    me love reggae and ska long time!

    dont listen to the first answer....because it sucks and that person doesnt know what theyre talking about.

    Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term is sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, including ska, rocksteady and dub. The term is more specifically used to indicate a particular style that originated after the development of rocksteady. In this sense, reggae includes two subgenres: roots reggae (the original reggae) and dancehall reggae, which originated in the late 1970s.

    Reggae is founded upon a rhythm style characterized by regular chops on the back beat, known as the skank. The beat is generally slower than that found in reggae's precursors, ska and rocksteady. Reggae is often associated with the Rastafari movement, which influenced many prominent reggae musicians in the 1970s and 1980s. The songs lyrics deal with many subjects, including faith, love, sexuality and broad social issues.


    Ska is a type of Jamaican music combining elements of traditional mento and calypso with an American jazz and rhythm and blues sound. It is notable for its walking bassline, shuffling, scratchlike tempo, accented guitar or piano rhythms on the offbeat and more frequently in later revivals, jazz-like horn riffs.

    Originating in Jamaica, possibly in the 1950s, it was a precursor to rocksteady and later reggae. In the 1960s, it was the predominant form of music listened to by rude boys, although many ska artists condemned the violent subculture. It is also popular with mods and skinheads, with artists such as Symarip, Laurel Aitken, Desmond Dekker and The Pioneers aiming songs at these groups.

    Musical historians typically divide the history of ska into three waves, with a revival in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and another in the 1990s, mostly based in the United States.

    hope this helps!

  • 1 decade ago

    Ska is the guitar playing on the down beat. Definitely derived from reggae, blues and country music. Reggae is mostly drums like an african beat.

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  • 1 decade ago

    ska is just reggea with trumpets playin

    reggae is like skateboard music

    it gets u pumped

  • 1 decade ago

    Reggae is like rap type crap.

    Ska is awesome rock music that is accompanied by any type of brass horn.

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