You must have wondered how it all began
with the Jamaican beat music called Ska. Let's set the records straight,
it was “Duke” Reid from Western Kingston who developed this beat based
on the indigenous music of Jamaica. It was way back in 1952 and then
“Duke” called it 'Rhythm 'n Blues'. Exciting, hypnotic, a mixture of
Jamaican folk music and rock 'n roll. Duke Reid, lover of music and the
deep rolling rhythms of his Jamaican people heard the beat develop from
watching his people dance. He got himself an amplified “Sound system”
and while hiring it out for dances, he listened and he watched, on so
many Saturday nights when the back streets and dance halls of Kingston
come alive — and his dream was born — music sprung from the basic beat
of Jamaica with all the U.S.A. influences and the power and beauty and
joy of the earth. This respective ska album focuses on much of the work
from The Skatalites and Babba Brooks.
The Birth of Ska is available as a limited edition of 750 individually numbered copies on orange coloured vinyl.