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It can be said without exaggeration that the history of reggae can be traced back to the Skatalites: at the end of 1963 established jazz musicians on the Kingston scene such as Roland Alphonso, Tommy McCook, Don Drummond, Lloyd Brevett and Lloyd Knibbs, among others, joined together to make a new kind of sound, a mix of jazz, rhythm and blues and other carribean rhythms, that took the name ska. Their contribution to the improvement of what was the first original creation of modern Jamaican music was key, both in the recording of dozens and dozens of jazz style instrumentals and that it served as a musical catalyst, propelling many young musicians into starting their careers. In January of 1965 tragic events in the life of trombonist Don Drummond led to the Skatalites breaking up, but its members contributd to several creative movements that led to the birth of reggae in the late sixties.
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