Dancehall reggae have spread its tentacles throughout the world just like rap music which incidentally derived from Jamaican dancehall music. There is a place for dancehall reggae but sadly it is replacing roots reggae.
This new form of rhythm that came to be known as dancehall reggae was quite catchy, and quite faster than its predecessor roots reggae. What is noticeable about this dancehall reggae is that every five years or so it changes but still remains the same brand. Many of the deejays are short lived as the trend changes regularly and artists have to be versatile enough not to stock on an era. However, there are a few artists who have managed to be on top of the game year to year. Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Capleton are just a few.
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Dancehall reggae is a genre of reggae music that has gotten immensely popular. The term dancehall was originally a place. It used to be a place where sound systems played reggae music and patrons would dance. Wherever the dancing was taking place most likely inside a perimeter was the dancehall. Differentiating traditional Jamaican music from dancehall reggae is easy as the traditional is much slower
The sound systems would play vinyl records which have and B side or the “The Dub” along with the original tune which would be side A. After playing the side A the record operators would then play the “B” side as well and have a toaster rhyming over the rhythm. U-Roy was one of the better known toasters who were integral in the development of dancehall reggae. However, more and more youngsters became attracted to this form of music especially those who were not political inclined. Because this form of music wasn’t readily accepted in Jamaica it was mainly confined to dancehalls.
By the late 1970s dancehall reggae was finding its way into mainstream Jamaica. The trend continued steadily propelled by the arrival of Winston “Yellowman” Foster dancehall reggae was well on its way. During the mid 1980s dancehall reggae made significant changes in the way the rhythms were made. The days or traditional instruments were at an end and digital instruments were been introduced which impacted greatly on dancehall reggae.