What Is Skanking in Reggae?

Reggae Music Legend Jimmy Cliff

Reggae Music Legend Jimmy Cliff

What is Skanking in Reggae? This another one of those questions which have been repeating itself in our inbox lately.


When one thinks about the word skanking, the first thing that should jump out at you is dancing.

Skanking in Reggae music means dancing to the Reggae beats.

If you should take a listen to Roots Reggae artist Chronixx's Skankin' Sweet, it gives you the real definition of What is Skanking In Reggae means.



This form of dancing originated from in the late 1950s to early 1960s when Ska, Rocksteady and Ska Punk music was very prevalent in the Jamaican dance halls spaces.

Am pretty sure at some point you might have heard the term "Easy Skanking" or Bob Marley and The Wailers song with the same title right? and you are now wondering what "Easy Skanking mean".

Easy Skanking is dancing without any hassle, its like sitting down listening to some good Reggae music and just nodding your head.

Listen to Bob Marley and The Wailers' Easy Skanking below...



What is Skanking in Reggae - Dancing very slowly or easy without hassle.

How to Skank or Dance to Reggae Music

According to ti Wikihow - "Skanking is a two-step dance done mainly at ska, punk, and reggae concerts. Wild, personalized, and found in dance halls since the 1950s-- skanking is one of the easiest dance forms to pick up anywhere, anytime.

The basic motion resembles running in place, swinging your arms and elbows exaggeratedly along with your feet. No matter the tempo or your style, you can learn the basics of skanking with a few basic steps."

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