The internet is full of ukuleles. I first started picking up on the trend a couple of years back, when Boing Boing first got interested. The ukulele and embedded video seem to be a match made in heaven. Both are tiny, personal and expressive. Ukulele Revolution, meet Acoustic Ska Revolution; I think you’ll hit it off.
Here’s GUGUG with a Uke/Melodica version of Exodus:
And Logophile with Star Trek Ska:
Here’s a funny little Video Birthday card from GOGO13′s Parker:
And finally, you too can learn to play ska on the ukulele:
I know a lot of you are dialing up SkaBlahBlah for the first time, thanks to a kindly post on BoingBoing.net from my new pal, Shawn Connally.
My guess is that most of you kind of like ska, but weren’t compelled to find a site such as mine before now. I hope that you will find that ska is still viable and worthy of discussion as my listeners have already discovered.
Porter, got himself on Toots Hibbert’s tour bus to ask about the birth of Reggae and the current state of Jamaican Music. Toots is quick to point out that he coined the term Reggae, and I’ve heard this many times from the man, but I’ve never gotten a satisfying answer to why the word Reggae was used in the first place, or what it really means. What he does offer is the meaning behind the lyrics to Monkey Man, and that story makes this video worth your while:
I am pleased to announce that the newest issue of Make Magazine will feature a small article by yours truly. While the article has nothing to do with Ska music, I did get a nice plug for the web site at the end.
It is an honor, not just to be published by the legitimate press, but because of the publishers and editors in particular. I’ve been a reader and sympathizer with the BoingBoing.net kids since I first picked up The Happy Mutant Handbook in 1996. It was a surprise when Boinger, Mark Frauenfelder answered my email about magicians and patent law, but it blew my mind when he asked me to write about it in Make.
Make is a kind of How-To/DIY mag, for the digital age. It’s published by O’Reilly Media, who also put out Craft and The Missing Manual series of books. I could not have hoped for a cooler group of people to be associated with.
I just ran across this great article from Wired Magazine, my favorite Tech and Tech Culture periodical. Writer Scott Thill, draws a clear line from the birth of Dub Version and Reggae covers to our current Mash-Up culture. This connection is evidenced by Trojan Records 40th Anniversary, and their recent compilations.
“A host of musical all-stars — from reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry to Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and Super Furry Animals bassist Guto Pryce — have put together collections of classic Trojan tracks showcasing the indelible impact reggae has made on hip-hop, rock and electronic music over the last four decades.
Certainly, the genre’s cutting-edge production techniques and intoxicant-friendly island vibe have earned it the highest respect among producers, musicians and DJs. But it is the reggae producers’ penchant for turning out remixes and cover versions of popular songs that has left the biggest impression on today’s share-alike digital culture.