MUSIC: IT'S A SKA WORLD AFTER ALL

Every few years someone says ska will be the next big thing in music. Maybe it's wishful thinking. After all, ska, a kinetic forerunner to reggae, with infectious dance beats and lively horn bursts, is appealing. But even Tony Kanal, bassist for the ska-tinged pop band No Doubt, says ska isn't about to "take over the country." Still, it may take over a few CD players.

Ska was born in Jamaica in the 1950s and championed by the likes of Bob Marley in his early career, Ernest Ranglin (who has a new CD out) and the Skatalites (ditto). In the late...

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