The Ska anthem 'A Message to you Rudy' is performed live on the BBC television show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' in 1979 by British two tone group The Specials. Captions over the performance explain how the band's founder member Jerry Dammers also formed the Coventry based Two Tone label that made The Selector, Madness and The Beat famous. The Special's 1979 hit was a cover of the 1967 Rocksteady classic composed by Dandy Livingstone.
This clip could be used as an introduction to reggae music, students could discuss the instruments they can hear in the clip. Introduce the idea of the 'skank', also known as the offbeat. Ask the students to do a performance of this song or another well-known reggae song.