Most people define dancehall as a genre that stemmed from Reggae. Others contend that Reggae music is the genre, but dancehall is a place or a culture.
In this ongoing debate, we analyze these points of view and list the pros and cons of each. Within that context, we uncovered issues that affect the perception of the music as an art-form and its viability as a business.
This is a dedication to all reggae lovers and we invite you to share your opinion in the comments. Join the conversation and share based on your own personal interaction with reggae.
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The Answer Riddim is a reggae instrumental produced by Clement “Coxsone” Dodd.
Answer Riddim Mix, Episode 64 of the Reggae Lover Podcast by Highlanda Sound
Slim Smith & The Uniques recorded the tune “I’ll Never Let You Go” at Studio One studios in 1967. Selectors, deejays and backing bands have enjoyed playing the instrumental ever since.
Also known as the Never Let Go, this riddim has been remade many times during the past decades. A staple in dancehall music, songs on the Answer riddim still get spun nightly by many DJs and Sound Systems.
- Sister Nancy – Transport Connection
- Philip Frazer – Never Let Go
- Al Campbell – Turn Me Loose
- Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica
- Supercat – History
- Johnny Osborne – Keep On Moving
- Slim Smith – Never Let Go
- The Answer – Lone Ranger
- Marca Griffiths – I Shall Sing
- Buju Banton – No Respect
- Gappy Ranks – Pumpkin Belly
- Macka B – Never Played A 45
- Warrior King – Melody (Tell Me How Me Sound)
- Tarrus Riley – Protect Your Neck
- Sugar Minott – Feel The Rydim
- Sanchez – Take Your Time
- Anthony Malvo ft. General Degree – Comforter
- Sizzla – In My Thoughts
- Beenie Man – Fassy Try To Dis (Too Bad Mind)
- Edley Shines – Lead Out (dub plate)
- Anthony B – Global Awareness
- Junior Kelly – Ghetto Region
- Half Pint – She’s Fever
- Marcia Griffiths – Cry No More
- Sanchez – Groove Me
- Pinchers – Lift It Up Again
- Supercat – Vineyard Party
- Stephen Marley ft. Damian Marley and Buju Banton – Traffic Jam
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The mix hour of Dancehall Now is dedicated to featuring the hottest riddims in a mix show that is very reminiscent of the style of music played in a dancehall session. This weekly mix is curated by ĀGARD, the latest member to join the Dancehall Now Team.
Listen for the new Love Triangle Riddim Produced By UIM, 2 Nightstand Riddim (Enotsyek Inc), Body Bag Riddim (King Dreamz Entertainment/Ajane), Last of the Mohicans (Prod. by Equiknoxx), 87 Riddim (Reble World Records /Baby Boom), Mixed Flava Riddim (Madd Spider Productions), Big Vibez Riddim (Weedy G Soundforce), Raw Cut Riddim (Chimney Records), Happy Tyme Riddim (Good Good Productions), Star Swag Riddim (Prod. by Star Swag Music), Aroma Riddim (Prod. By Young Vybz, Moggela Riddim (Prod. Flip Money), Center Forward Riddim (DJ Frass Records), and the Quench Thirst Riddim by Garuth Inc/Garth Stewart.
Island Pop singer Shalli is on a musical roll. She has been spending time between Canada and Jamaica as she makes it her business to claim her share of the world music pie.
Shalli, the Princess of Island Pop
The talented artist, who is always seeking ways to diversify her product offerings, recently collaborated with Rory of Stone Love on a remix of her culturally defining single, Down In Jamaica. The dancehall remix was produced by Belize’s own Certified! The single will bereleased on digital retail as of June 24th.
Accolades have already been heaped on the music video, which shows off the immense beauty of Jamaica and the sincerity of Shalli’s mission. On her visit to Jamaica in March, Shalli went into the studio with Rory and the result was a remix that is totally captivating.
“It was really a pleasure working with Rory, as he is someone who I have admired for a long time. He is a top-class Dj, so it is easy to understand that, with his knowledge of the music, he is also a great producer and has that ear for hit songs. And we all know just how important that is,” Shalli said.
Armed with a mission to give fans uplifting music, Shalli has also done a collaboration with Trinidad’s own Orlando Octave entitled Fire, on the ‘Happy Feet’ rhythm.
Wasting no time, the video for this was shot and both artists and their management are happy with the outcome. A very uptempo offering, this could have been specifically made to celebrate carnival in Trinidad, and with the natural chemistry between the artistes, the song and video jelled perfectly.
“The rhythm is called ‘Happy Feet’ because it is just that, happy. The single is already getting a lot of love, especially in the Caribbean. We are working on a dance remix now to support the video launch in the fall.” Shalli explained.