from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Popular music originating in Jamaica in the 1960s, having elements of rhythm and blues, jazz, and calypso and marked by a fast tempo and a strongly accented offbeat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A style of Jamaican dance music combining elements of Caribbean calypso and mento with American jazz and rhythm and blues.
From the phrase (Love) Ska(voovie), greeting used by Jamaican bassist Cluet Johnson, one of the early creators of ska, or imitative of the sound of a guitar in tandem with a rim click on a snare drum.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. Probably imitative of the crisp guitar sound; other suggestions include a contraction of American slang skavoovie, or of speed polka. (Wiktionary)