Hey Rude boys and Ska doggies! Seems as though this website needed some loving from the west coast. Seeing as my hometown Gainesville, FL is also home to many a great Ska bands(Less then Jake, The Know How, Chupaskabra, The Duppies), I grew up in the Ska. I recently had the opportunity to play Ska with Lester Sterling of the Skatilites. Lester was there at the genesis of Ska on the island of Jamaica, he knows more about Ska then the average Joe. He explained to me the essence of Ska. Lester said “Drum and Bass is like the heart, no one is really alive without it pumping”. That fascinated me, I always thought Ska was the classic off beats of the rhythm guitar. Here in Gainesville we call it a “Felafel” due to the way it sounds to us. I was proven wrong when Lester yelled Drum and Bass onstage. Even though the off beats were nonexistent people still skanked. It was as though the dance assumed the position of the rhythm guitar, arms flailed on the upbeats on instinct. If the heart is Drum and bass, than the “Felafel” is like the body which holds everything together. I think we can all take a step back to look at our roots and learn a little something.