Toaster Brunch

Sundays from 10-Noon
  • Hosted by E-Roy

The Toaster Brunch is a weekly serving of the bossest Jamaican sounds: ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, roots, 2-Tone, and more.

Artists heard on the show: Skatalites, Toots & The Maytals, Burning Spear, The Specials, U-Roy & more

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Without ska, there would be no reggae

Aug 13, 2015

If there's one musical style that epitomizes summer, it might be the loping island style of ska. It caught fire in early '60s Jamaica, a precursor to reggae.  

But ska has gone through a few iterations. 

Ska is really a fusion of American R&B with Jamaican jazz, says Brad Klein, a Minneapolis-based filmmaker who traced the history of ska in a documentary, "Legends of Ska. Without Ska, there is no reggae."

The Wailers Carry On Bob Marley's Legacy

Jun 9, 2014

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

If you are a fan of reggae - and you know what? - even if you aren't, then you certainly know Bob Marley and the Wailers.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IS THIS LOVE")

BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS: (Singing) I want to love you and treat you right. I want to love you, every day and every night. We'll be together.