Ska Online: Original Ska Documentary

I’ve been looking for a copy of This is Ska, ever since I caught a glimpse of it on a friend’s Laserdisc. Clips have been available for years, but the entire movie was hard to track down. Then I ran across the whole thing (in four parts) on YouTube, this morning!
So here it is- for you- Check out Jimmy Cliff, Toots and The Maytals and Byron Lee and The Dragonaires, The Blues Busters and The Charmers. The best part about this doc, in my opinion, is the awesome, original ska dancing from these clean-cut Jamaican teens.
I know that it was filmed at the Sombrero Club in 1962, and that the film’s intro is sampled in tons of tunes- however, it’s still very difficult to find any info about it. If anybody’s got some info, send it my way.

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  1. Danielle Lyew Says:

    hi!
    I too have been searching for a copy of This Is Ska! it is filmed in the club my family used to own and operate. My grandmother is actually in the documentary (pt 3 10:06 white dress). If you have located a copy we would be so happy to have one of our own. I am afraid to lose such an important part of our history should the videos ever be taken off of youtube. please help! Thank You!



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