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A type of music originating from Jamaica in the 1950s which led to Reggae and characterised, like Reggae, by the emphasised offbeat (upstroke or skank) on guitar and a walking bass line. Used by bands such as Edward II And The Red Hot Polkas in a fusion with English Country Dance. Ska often employed brass sections for melodic riffs.

In the 1970s, Ska, fused with Punk Rock gave rise to Two Tone.