From Jamaican Ska to British Punk

During our “Connecting the Dots” season we’ll find fascination in forms of music that originated in one part of the world, take root deeply in another, then grow in that new place into something entirely unexpected. That is a big part of the story of ska, Jamaican dance party music that became popular in the islands in the 1950s. In the 1970s, “2 Tone” musicians in England took ska, added fast tempos and an attitude, and used it as the foundation for punk rock. How did such a thing happen? The clips in this video give us a clue.