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DJ Matt
07-13-2022, 05:52 AM
how would you define dancehall music? in a nutshell

07-13-2022, 08:52 PM
Dance music???

07-14-2022, 02:22 AM

West Indian music.

Its music played at events in places like Jamacia. Kinda has its roots in Ska, Reggae and Ragga.

I would never try to "define" a style of music because its like language...constantly developing. We can analyse its roots and development, but never pin it down exactly.

07-14-2022, 07:27 AM

Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s.[4] Initially, dancehall was a more sparse version of reggae than the roots style, which had dominated much of the 1970s.[5][6] In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital dancehall (or "ragga") becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms. Key elements of dancehall music include its extensive use of Jamaican Patois rather than Jamaican standard English and a focus on the track instrumentals (or "riddims").

Dancehall saw initial mainstream success in Jamaica in the 1980s, and by the 1990s, it became increasingly popular in Jamaican diaspora communities. In the 2000s, dancehall experienced worldwide mainstream success, and by the 2010s, it began to heavily influence the work of established Western artists and producers, which has helped to further bring the genre into the Western music mainstream.[7][8][9]

07-15-2022, 01:24 AM

for all your musical definition needs... it even has dancehall there, I'm surprised.