August’s Modern Drummer magazine is a special theme issue dedicated to Jamaican rhythms, specifically the classic styles of ska, rocksteady, and reggae. Check out this excerpt from MD Pro Panelist Gil Sharone’s groundbreaking Hudson DVD, Wicked Beats, in which he discusses the history, players, and grooves of Jamaica and demonstrates the prime drumbeats associated with the island’s music. Here Gil breaks down the foundational ska groove.