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What Is Dancehall Music?

What Is Dancehall Music? is another question which is asked of us regularly.


Dancehall music is sub-genre of Reggae music which was originated in the late 1970s.

One way to identify Dancehall music from Reggae is by its faster beats/riddims. Another characteristic of dancehall is its lyrics which mostly consists of guns, cars and living the hype life.

The word "Dancehall" originated from Jamaica's and now world-renown Sound System culture.

The "Sleng Teng" riddim is the first fully computerized riddims, influential in Jamaican music. The riddim, which was created by the collaboration between King Jammy and Wayne Smith, was titled "Under Mi Sleng Teng" released back in 1984.



The Sleng Teng riddim is now one of the most rerecorded Jamaican riddims of all time.

What BPM is Dancehall Music played? The tempo at which dancehall music is played ranges from 80 to 120 beats per minute (BPM). Going lower than 80 BPM this is considered to be Reggae music.

Who brought Dancehall Music to the World? This is up for debate but artists such as Shabba Ranks, Captain Sinbad, Ranking Joe, Clint Eastwood, Lone Ranger, Josey Wales, Charlie Chaplin, General Echo, Daddy U Roy and the first unofficial King of the Dancehall Yellow are names which regularly pops up when this question is asked.

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