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 ska music. As they listen, without the screen displayed, students could write down the instruments they can hear. Introduce the idea of the 'skank', also known as the offbeat.
Alternatively students could research the origins of ska music and how it has influenced other music genres.