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Music of Jamaica

Kumina - Niyabinghi - Mento - Ska - Rocksteady - Reggae - Sound systems - Lovers Rock - Dub - Dancehall - Dub poetry - Toasting - Raggamuffin - Roots reggae Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Jamaica is the birthplace of many popular musical genres, the most well known of which is reggae but also including raggamuffin, ska and dub music. ... Kumina is both the religion and the music practiced by the people of eastern Jamaica. ... Niyabinghi chanting typically includes recitation of the Psalms, but may also include variations of well-known Christian hymns. ... Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced ska and reggae music. ... For other uses, see SKA (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... In the context of Jamaican popular culture, a sound system is a group of disc jockeys, engineers and MCs playing ska, rocksteady or reggae music. ... Lovers Rock is the United Kingdoms main contribution to reggae. ... For other uses, see Dub. ... Dancehall is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed around the late 70s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Toasting, chatting, or DJing is the act of talking or chanting over a rhythm or beat. ... Roots reggae is a spiritual Rastafari subgenre of reggae music with lyrics that often include praise for Jah Ras Tafari Makonnen, Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia; the Emperor of Ethiopia. ...

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Raggamuffin music, usually abbreviated as ragga is a sub-genre of dancehall music or reggae, in which the instrumentation primarily consists of electronic music; sampling often serves a prominent role in raggamuffin music as well. The Cayman Islands are a Caribbean island chain, currently a territory of the United Kingdom. ... Timeline and Samples Pop genres Calypso - Chutney - Dancehall - Dub - Junkanoo - Ragga - Rapso - Reggae - Ripsaw - Rocksteady - Scratch - Ska - Soca - Spouge - Steelpan Other islands Aruba and the Dutch Antilles - Cuba - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Haiti - Martinique and Guadeloupe - Puerto Rico - Saint Lucia The Turks and Caicos Islands are an overseas dependency of the... 1966 in music Download sample of Alton Ellis rocksteady track Girl Youve Got a Date. Download sample of Cincinatti Kid by Prince Buster, a legendary ska artist. ... Aruba and the five main islands of the Netherlands Antilles are part of the Lesser Antilles island chain. ... The music of Hawaii includes an array of traditional and popular styles, ranging from native Hawaiian folk music to modern rock and hip hop. ... The former French colonies of Martinique and Guadeloupe are small islands in the Caribbean. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Dancehall is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed around the late 70s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... This article is about reusing existing sound recordings in creating new works. ...


Wayne Smith's "Under Me Sleng Teng" was produced by King Jammy in 1985 on a Casio MT-40 synthesizer. and is generally recognized as the seminal ragga song. "Sleng Teng" boosted Jammy's popularity immensely, and other producers quickly released their own versions of the riddim, accompanied by dozens of different vocalists. Wayne Smith (born in Waterhouse, Kingston, Jamaica, on December 5, 1965) is a Jamaican reggae musician. ... Sleng Teng is the name given to the first fully computerised riddim(rhythm) in Jamaican music. ... King Jammy was born Lloyd James in Kingston, Jamaica and worked as Prince Jammy together with King Tubby. ... Overhead view of a Casio MT-40. ... For other uses, see Song (disambiguation). ... A riddim is a rhythm pattern consisting basically of a drum pattern and a prominent bassline. ...


Ragga is often used as a synonym for dancehall reggae, but more typically, it is used for dancehall with a deejay chatting rather than singing on top of the "riddim". The term ragga is not used in Jamaica according to some sources. In Europe and the US, however, it is more popular than dancehall.

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Origins of ragga

The birth of ragga in Jamaica occurred contemporaneously with the ascension of electronic dance music in the Western world at large. Electronic music proliferated rapidly throughout the 1990s, and ragga was no exception: it revolutionized reggae music. One of the essential reasons for ragga's swift propagation is that it is generally easier and less expensive to produce than reggae performed on traditional musical instruments. For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Occident redirects here. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ...


Ragga evolved first in Jamaica, and later in Europe, North America, and Africa, eventually spreading to Japan, India, and the rest of the world. Ragga heavily influenced early jungle music, and also spawned the syncretistic bhangragga style when fused with bhangra. Jungle music is heavily influenced by ragga motives and artists, with many ragga vocalists appearing on its tracks, not surprising as early jungle had definite roots in the basslines and vocals of ragga. In the 90s, Ragga and breakcore music started to clash in the underground scene creating a style known as Raggacore. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent [1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... Oldschool jungle is the name given to a style of electronic music that incorporates influences from genres including breakbeat hardcore, techno, rare groove and reggae/dub/dancehall. ... Bhangragga is a slang term for the style of music incorporating elements of Bhangra and dancehall reggae (or Ragga, short for the word Raggamuffin). ... Bhangra (Punjabi: , , ) is a lively form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. ... Note: Sometimes the 90s is used as shorthand for the 1990s, the 1890s, or other such decades in various centuries. ... Breakcore is a sub-genre of extreme electronic music that uses loud and fast breakbeats. ... Raggacore is a genre of music resembling breakcore but with ragga or reggae style vocals. ...


Ragga continues to flourish and evolve, constituting the bulk of contemporary reggae music production.


Ragga and hip-hop music

In the late 1980s, influential Jamaican rapper Daddy Freddy's pioneering efforts in fusing ragga with hip hop music earned him international acclaim while helping to publicize and popularize ragga. (In 1987, Daddy Freddy and Asher D's "Raggamuffin hip-hop" became the first multinational single to feature the word ragga in its title). As ragga matured, an increasing number of dancehall artists began to appropriate stylistic elements of hip hop music, while ragga music, in turn, influenced more and more hip-hop artists. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Daddy Freddy grew up in Trenchtown, home of many musical legends. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Image:Asherdalbum. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ...


Some ragga artists believe that the assimilation of hip-hop sensibilities is crucial to the international marketability of dancehall music. Indeed, appeals to the contemporary rhythm and blues and hip hop music audiences in the English-speaking world contributed substantially to the multinational commercial success of such dancehall artists as Beenie Man, Shaggy, Snow, Vybz Kartel and the Australian hip hop group Def Wish Cast. For other uses, see Rhythm and blues (disambiguation). ... Beenie Man (born Anthony Moses Davis August 22, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica), is among the most popular reggae entertainers and is a well established dancehall artist. ... Shaggy (born October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica as Orville Richard Burrell) is a Jamaican reggae deejay who takes his nickname from Scooby-Doos companion, a nickname given to him by his friends, during his teenage years in which his hair bore a similarity to the Scooby Doo character. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ... Vybz Kartel (born Adidja Azim Palmer in 1976) is a famous Jamaican dancehall deejay. ... Australian hip hop music began in the early 1980s, primarily influenced by hip hop music and culture imported via radio and television from the United States of America. ... Def Wish Cast are a Sydney hip hop group who released their first and only LP, Knights of the Underground Table in 1992. ...


Etymology

The term raggamuffin is an intentional misspelling of ragamuffin (also a recognized cat breed), a word that entered the Jamaican Creole lexicon after the British Empire colonized Jamaica in the 17th century. Despite the British colonialists' pejorative application of the term, Jamaican youth appropriated the term as an ingroup designation. Raggamuffin music is, therefore, the music of the Jamaican "raggamuffins". A cat breed is an infrasubspecific rank for the classification of domestic cats. ... Jamaican Creole, also known locally as Patois/(Patwa) or simply Jamaican, is an English/African-based language --not to be confused with Jamaican English nor with the Rastafarian use of English-- used primarily on the island of Jamaica. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ... It has been suggested that Benign colonialism be merged into this article or section. ... (16th century - 17th century - 18th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700. ... Cultural appropriation is the adoption of some specific elements of one culture by a different cultural group. ... In sociology, an ingroup is a social group towards which an individual feels loyalty and respect, usually due to membership in the group. ...


Abbreviated list of Ragga Deejays

           

Admiral T is from the West Indies, he is a famous singer of reggae-dancehall. ... Apache Indian is the stage name of the reggae dee jay/toaster, Steven Kapur (born 11 May 1967, Handsworth, Birmingham). ... Ninjaman AKA Don Gorgon(born Desmond John Ballentine on January 20, 1966, in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica) was a popular dancehall DJ during the late 80s and early 90s. ... Super Cat (born William Maragh in Kingston, Jamaica) is a famous dancehall reggae musician who came to prominence in the late 1980s and even more so in the early 1990s. ... ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ... Anthony B is the stage name of Keith Blair (born March 31, 1976), a Jamaican musician. ... // Sizzla Kalonji is the stage name of Miguel Orlando Collins (born 17 April 1976), a reggae musician. ... | Died = | Origin = [imortal[Image:Flag of Jamaica. ... Damian Marley (born July 21, 1978 in Kingston, Jamaica), is a three time Grammy-winning reggae artist and is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. ... Stephen Robert Nesta Raggamuffin Marley (born April 20, 1972) in Wilmington, Delaware, is a Jamaican musician and the son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. ... Baby Cham, born Damian Beckett in 1977, is a Jamaican dancehall artist, famed for his 2006 single Ghetto Story off his major label debut album of the same name. ... Junior Reidis a Jamaican reggae singer that is best known as the man that released the hit song One Blood as well as being the man that replaced Michael Rose as lead vocalist with Black Uhuru. ... Boobs Banton (performing at Ilosaarirock, 2006) Boobs Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie 1972) is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae singer & producer. ... Mr. ... Mad Lion is a dancehall musician and rapper. ... Spragga Benz (born Carlton Grant), One of Jamaicas top DJs (american equivalent of rapper), being around since 1991. ... Pato Banton (born Patrick Murray) is a reggae singer and toaster from Birmingham, England. ... Al beeno Al beeno (Corrie Moodie) also known as Prince Yellowman is a young Reggae dancehall deejay musician who was born in Kingston, Jamaica. ... Beenie Man (born Anthony Moses Davis August 22, 1973 in Kingston, Jamaica), is among the most popular reggae entertainers and is a well established dancehall artist. ... Bounty Killer (born Rodney Basil Price June 12, 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay, known for his hard work in combating poverty and helping new artists. ... Cocoa Tea (born September 3, 1959 as Calvin George Scott, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae dancehall singer, songwriter, and DJ. He was popular in Jamaica from 1985, but has become successful worldwide only since the 1990s. ... Cutty Ranks, born Philip Thomas in Jamaica in 1965, is a reggae and dancehall artist. ... Daddy Freddy grew up in Trenchtown, home of many musical legends. ... DJ Collage aka Lawrence Chatman is a reggae vocalist and electronic music producer. ... This article is about the musician. ... Lady G, born Janice Fyffe, is a female Jamaican dancehall and reggae deejay. ... Lady Saw (born Marion Hall on 12 July 1972), is a Jamaican reggae singer, known as the first Lady of Dancehall. She is the first female deejay to win a Grammy and to be certified triple-platinum. ... Wayne Wonder (born Von Wayne Charles, 22 July 1966, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae / R&B artist. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Gentleman (born Tilmann Otto, April 19, 1975 in Osnabrück, Germany) is a Reggae musician of German descent. ... T.O.K. is a dancehall reggae band from Jamaica. ... Papa Dee, Original Master album Papa Dee is the stage name for rap, ragga and dancehall musician Daniel Wahlgren (born July 13, 1966 in Gothenburg, Sweden). ... This article is about the Jamaican reggae artist. ... For other uses, see Spice (disambiguation). ... Tanya Stephens (July 2, 1973–) born Kingston, Jamaica, is a one of the most influential female Jamaican reggae artists that emerged in the late 1990s. ... Shabba Ranks (born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, 17 January 1966, Sturgetown, St Anns, Jamaica) is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist. ... Tony Rebel (born Patrick George Anthony Barrett on January 13, 1962 in Manchester Parish, Jamaica) is a jamaican reggae singer. ... Rupee, born Rupert Clarke, is one of many talented singers from Barbados. ... Shaggy (born October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica as Orville Richard Burrell) is a Jamaican reggae deejay who takes his nickname from Scooby-Doos companion, a nickname given to him by his friends, during his teenage years in which his hair bore a similarity to the Scooby Doo character. ... Shinehead (born Carl Aiken) is a Jamaican reggae singer/rapper. ... Wayne Smith (born in Waterhouse, Kingston, Jamaica, on December 5, 1965) is a Jamaican reggae musician. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ... Tippa Irie (real name Anthony Henry) is a British reggae singer and DJ from Brixton, South London. ... Vybz Kartel (born Adidja Azim Palmer in 1976) is a famous Jamaican dancehall deejay. ... Sister Nancy (born Nancy Russell) is an 80s dancehall (reggae) singer from Kingston, Jamaica whose biggest hit was Bam Bam. Bam Bam is featured on the soundtrack in the Xbox 360 skate. ... Yellowman (born Winston Foster in Negril, Jamaica in 1959) is a Jamaican ragga and dancehall deejay. ... Barrington Levy (born 30 April 1964, in Clarendon, Jamaica) is a reggae and dancehall recording artist. ... Patra is the stage name taken by Dorothy Smith, a dance music and reggae singer born on January 22, 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica. ... Junior Kelly (born September 23, 1969 in Kingston, Jamaica[1]) is a reggae singer known for his commitment to the faith of the Rastafari movement. ... Tony Matterhorn is a popular Jamaican dancehall deejay. ... General Levy is a Ragga vocalist regularly employed on studio tracks by drum and bass djs. ... Skindred is a four-piece band from Newport, South Wales, UK. Their genre is a mix of metal, punk, hip hop, reggae, and ragga known as Ragga-punk by the band and fans alike. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... In fluid dynamics, turbulence or turbulent flow is a flow regime characterized by chaotic, stochastic property changes. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Natural Black is a reggae singer/DJ from Guyana, birthname Mortimer Softley. ... Vavamuffin in Brzeszcze, Poland Vavamuffin is a Polish raggamuffin, roots reggae and dancehall band from Warsaw They were formed in 2003, and has so far released to albums, called: Vabang! (released 2005) and Dubang! (released 2006) The band members: Pablopavo, Reggaenerator, Gorg, Emili Jones, Jahcob Junior, Raffi Kazan, Mothashipp, Dubbist... Marques Houston 4th of August 1981, Los Angeles, California, USA Trivia His cousin, Jarell Houston (known as J Boog), is a member of the group B2K. Sometimes Credited As M. Houston 1. ... Boobs Banton (performing at Ilosaarirock, 2006) Boobs Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie 1972) is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae singer & producer. ... Mad Cobra (born Ewart Everton Brown, Mar 31, 1968, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae star. ... Lady Saw (born Marion Hall on 12 July 1972), is a Jamaican reggae singer, known as the first Lady of Dancehall. She is the first female deejay to win a Grammy and to be certified triple-platinum. ... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline for Music. ... Tenor Saw (born Clive Bright, February 11, 1966, Kingston, Jamaica) was a prominent dancehall singer in the 1980s. ... Shabba Ranks (born Rexton Rawlston Fernando Gordon, 17 January 1966, Sturgetown, St Anns, Jamaica) is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist. ...

See also

Soca, or soul calypso, is a dance music that originated in Trinidad from calypso. ... Raggacore is a genre of music resembling breakcore but with ragga or reggae style vocals. ... Ragga jungle is the name given to a substyle of Jungle that emerged circa 1991-1992, with artists such as the Ragga Twins, Rebel MC and Genaside II, and has heavy influences from ragga, roots reggae and dancehall. ... Bhangragga is a slang term for the style of music incorporating elements of Bhangra and dancehall reggae (or Ragga, short for the word Raggamuffin). ...

Sample

Download sample of "Under Me Sleng Teng" by Wayne Smith, an early example of ragga music. Wayne Smith (born in Waterhouse, Kingston, Jamaica, on December 5, 1965) is a Jamaican reggae musician. ...


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Ragga refers to reggae in which the backing instrumentation (or the vast majority of it) is digital.
"Ragga" is short for "raggamuffin," originally a term for a Kingston ghetto youth; the music took on that name as it became the younger generation's style of choice in the mid- to late '80s.
Although ragga is linked in the minds of many with deejay toasting, straight-ahead singers often address romantic and Rastafarian concerns, and the two vocal styles are frequently mixed as well.
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