Topic: Ska Music
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To let the audience know what the genre ska is and not only is it a type of music but a lifestyle. Introduction
I. Attention Getter: I bet most of you in this room haven’t heard about ska. II. Credibility Statement: As a big fan of ska, I would like to take you through and talk to you about what it is. III. Thesis Statement: Ska is a genre that is not very well known anymore. IV. Preview: Today I would like to discuss the history of ska, what it stands for, and how it is a lifestyle. Body
I. The history of ska began in Jamaica in the late 1950s.
A. Ska music is a combination of many genres such as rocksteady, reggae, American jazz,
and rythym and blues.
1. After WWII, Jamaicans who were lucky enough to own a radio would hear
rythym and blues such as artists like Fats Domino and became influenced.
2. After this Jamaican artists began to record their own versions of these genres.
3. To meet the demand of this music, entrepenuers, formed sound systems.
a. Sound systems were a group of Djs, engineers, and MCs who played
ska, rocksteady, or reggae music.
B. Ska is very well known for its walking bass with its upbeat rythyms. So instead of
strumming the guitar regularly, you do a up stroke also known as “skank”
1. There is a theory to where the name ska came from and it is that
one of the early producers of ska, Ernest Ranglin, told the guitarist to
play “like skat skat skat”
2. The typical instruments in a ska band are: guitar, bass guitar, trumpet,
trombone, saxophone, piano, drums, and organ. (Transition: Now that you have an idea about what traditional ska is let me introduce you to its three generations also known as “waves”.) II. So there were three waves of ska: the traditional ska, Two tone ska, and the third wave was American Ska.
A. Two tone ska was created in England in the 1970s.
1. It was a fusion of...
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