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Dancehall (Music)

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Topical headingDancehall (Music)
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Variant(s)Dance-hall (Music)
Dancehall reggae music
Digital dancehall (Music)
Ragamuffin (Music)
Raggamuffin (Music)
Reggae dancehall music
See alsoReggae music
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Found inStolzoff, N., Wake the town & tell the people, 2000: p. 106 (The emergence of dancehall music. In 1985, Wayne Smith, a popular dancehall singer, released a tune named Under mi sleng teng, which took dancehall by storm. What was new about Smith's song is that it used a drum machine and synthesized instruments as a backing track rather than a live drummer and bass player. Gradually, producers started using more and more synthesized riddims rather than live musicians in the studio. Eventually these digital riddims were used on a majority of new tunes. This combination of synthesized backing tracks and dancehall-style performances became known simply as "dancehall music" toward the end of the decade. Outside Jamaica, especially in England, the term ragga was used to refer to dancehall music.) p. 107 (As a result of these changes in musical structure and lyrical themes, local and foreign enthusiasts started arguning over the meaning of dancehall music and wheter it was worthy of being called reggae. Not surprisingly, Rasta performers and musicians as well as foreign roots fans joined the purist camp, arguing that dancehall was certainly not reggae, even going so far at times to claim that it wasn't music. The majority of dancehall fans paid no attention to this debate and embraced dancehall as the latest genre of reggae.)
Wikipedia (Jul. 16, 2009) (Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music which developed in the late 1970s, initially as a more sparse and less political and religious variant of reggae than the roots style that had dominated much of the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital dancehall (or "ragga") becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms with little connection to earlier reggae rhythms. Stylistic origins: Reggae, R&B, Ska, Rocksteady, Dub, Toast.)
Wikipedia, Sept. 2, 2009 (Ragga. Raggamuffin music, usually abbreviated as ragga; ragga is now mainly used as a synonym for dancehall reggae or for describing dancehall with a deejay chatting rather than deejaying or singing on top of the riddim.)
All Music Guide, online, Jul. 16, 2009 (Dancehall developed in the '80s as "ragamuffin", a hybrid style featuring a DJ or "sing-jay" half-singing, half-rapping with often bawdy ("slack") themes. The musical structure is rooted in reggae though the rhythms, played by drum machines, are considerably faster. By the '90s, dancehall crossover was common, with many gangsta-rappers incorporating dancehall rhythms and its rapid-fire toasting. Major dancehall figures include Yellowman and Shabba Ranks.) (Jul. 16, 2009): Reggae Dancehall Music - JAMIXES (Dancehall music, also known as Ragga, is present day popular Jamaican Reggae, which voices the current population's concerns, conflicts, fantasies, and frustrations.) (Jul. 16, 2009): Dancehall Reggae Music (Dancehall reggae has come under fire in recent years with charges that many of its artists pen lyrics that are violent, sexually explicit and homophobic.)