Jamaican Language in dancehall and reggae music

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The Jamaican Language used in dancehall and reggae music can and are sometimes interpret the wrong way.

Jamaica's official language is English but most of us Jamaican, actually consider Jamaican Creole or Patois to be our first language.

When listening to a reggae song you will be able in most case be able to understand most if not all of the lyrics of the particular song being listend to.

Dancehall music is completely different, the language used is strictly patios.

In my opioion that is why dancehall music is not more successful on the world market.

Most of the lyrics that are used by the artistes are originated by them (these words are call slags or terms) and cannot be found in any dictionary.

Reggae and dancehall music lovers across the world sometimes don't even know the words a song, but they love it because of the beat and the dances which sometimes accompanied the song.

At a later date they will try to learn the lyrics to the song.

Patois is consider to be a degenerate version of a "pure" language. Researchers say that it is not patois but a Creole.

for information on the Terms, words and slangs used by dancehall artistes, dj jocks and selectors.

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