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South America, Central America and the Caribbean: Jamaica


"To the casual listener, 'ska' may appear to be nothing more than some form of speedy and spirited reggae. This is not entirely inaccurate. Ska is actually the pop-based precursor to reggae." – Dale Turner

"Ska is the father of rock-steady. Grandfather of reggae music." - The Skatalites (Ska, Ska, Ska)

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Independent state within the Commonwealth (2005 est. pop. 2,732,000), 4,232 sq mi (10,962 sq km), coextensive with the island of Jamaica, West Indies, S of Cuba and W of Haiti. Jamaica is the largest island in the Caribbean after Cuba and Hispaniola. The capital and largest city is Kingston.

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