Jamaican Dance Music
"Let Us Start Dancing"
Jamaican Dance Music! Jamaica music has certainly come a far way. From Ska, Rocksteady, Mento, reggae dub, Rubba Dub, Reggae Music and Now Dancehall.
Jamaica's first dance music was the SKA
It is a combination of Caribbean Mento, Calypso, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues.In early 1960s Ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica.
(According to Wikipedia music historians divided the history of ska into 3 periods:
1. The Original Jamaicans Scene of the 1960s.
2. The English 2 tone ska revival of the late 1970s.
3. The Ska movement which started in the 1980s in the US and rose to Popularity
Second jamaican dance music was the Rocksteady/lovers rock
This genre of music was popular in street dance and the dances performed were less energetic than Ska dances.
Third music is the Mento
Mento is a vibrant and significant genre of music. It has a very long history and is still performed today. It was crucial in the formation of ska and reggae, yet, for the world-wide masses of ska and reggae fans, mento is largely unheard and unknown.
Fourth music is the reggae dub
It is chiefly identifiable as having an overarching atmospheric context.
Fifth dance music is the reggae music
Sixth jamaican dance music is the Now popular Dancehall
Dancehall is the mother of hip hop and owes its name to the spaces in which popular Jamaican recordings were aired by local sound systems characterized by a deejay singing and toasting (or rapping) over danceable music riddims.
Interested in learning how to dance to dancehall and reggae?
Jamaica also has traditional dances such as:
It blends authentically Jamaican styles to become the dance performed at today's celebrations. Typically, African groups would enact mime-style plays, while European traditions of folk theater played short scenes and recitations. Specific dances are ascribed to the dancers, each with their own role and character to portray.
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