Miami's Ten Best Ska Bands of All Time

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The Sunshine State was a breeding ground for some pretty cool ska acts in the '90s. You would almost think the state invented the genre.

Maybe it is our proximity to the Caribbean and a large presence of Jamaicans that made the feat possible. Who knows? The reggaefied punk trend at least gave many band geeks a chance to show off some chops and prove to their parents that second-chair trombone was OK.

Here are Miami's 10 best ska bands of all time.

See also: Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time

10. King 7 and the Soulsonics
Active in the mid '90s, this crew toed that Dade-Broward county line with some deliciously wicked traditional ska rooted in toasting and dancehall fun. Aside from its lone split seven-inch and a track on a ska comp somewhere, all King 7 and the Soulsonics left behind was happy memories of singing along and dancing with skinhead girls, as their Chelsea cuts tickled our ears.

9. Jean P Jam
Monsieur Jean Pokito has been rocking South Florida for a very long time and it feels like he's still a well-kept secret. Heavier on the reggae than any other act on this list, Pokito has been known to run through Jamaica's entire musical history in one jam before embarking on a sonic exploration of his native Haiti's konpa and racine styles. He's that well-versed.

See also: Florida's Ten Best Ska Bands of All Time


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35 comments
Alex Yellen
Alex Yellen

You guys forgot The Know How. The Monjees were the shit though. I was at that show.

matiasdubs1
matiasdubs1

Where is MuG on this list? They played south Florida for over a decade. Competed nationally and won the Hard Rock, Rock the Stones contest with the cover of Paint It Black. Wow, I'm really surprised and disappointed in this list.

booking62
booking62

Respekt to all bands. Kalimoxtos sweetend with that special koka stevia. Graz for the inclusion y'all! Viva la ska, viva punk, viva la juventud, viva yo roots. Asku is surged to release some instant classics- be ready for mega festa June 14 @ Churchills Pub forza la festa waaaaaaaaa!!&! www.askultura.com

Jorge Garcia
Jorge Garcia

Jennifer Boise-Graham i saw! i was excited lol

Stop The Presses
Stop The Presses

We is on it!! We're not being lazy in the mean time.... (Sshhhhh, new music) ;)

Daniel M Gauthier
Daniel M Gauthier

Deserved. Now find a bass player and book some Broward dates! Please and thank you.

pechez
pechez

You guys obviously forgot the Mutual Funds

Mike Alliot
Mike Alliot

Haha, when I read "skankin" I thought this was going to be about girls in Miami!!

DearNewtimes
DearNewtimes

Man! These pictures and music for Askultura in no way reflect their current product. It's almost as if there was a good band once and now all that's left is an empty crater, and in that crater stands a tiny tent housing a midget who always smells like he's stepped in shit and a stick bug with a bass tied around it's neck.


Gor Do
Gor Do

Y'all are missing the Madd Agents

mattieb
mattieb

This guy ahaha Its "all time" not as of today

mattieb
mattieb

Ahah , who is this? ?

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