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Dancehall VS Reggae - The Difference Between Jamaica’s Two Most Popular Forms Of Music

Dancehall VS Reggae - The Difference Between Jamaica’s Two Most Popular Forms Of Music

Say the word ‘Jamaica’ and immediately people think of chilling out on a tropical beach paradise set to a reggae soundtrack. While reggae hits from the greats of yesteryear like Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and the iconic Bob Marley live on forever, new reggae stars like Chronixx and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley are making the world sway along with their equally conscious lyrics. Yet, for many Jamaicans as well as people across the world, especially in places like Japan, it is dancehall music that speaks to them.

Originating from the traditional street dances popular across Jamaica in the 1970s, especially in the inner cities, the post-Michael Manley years saw the emergence of the basis for the modern dancehall genre enjoyed all over the world. Street dances were the soundtrack of life and Jamaica is where ‘mixing’ first originated. The ‘Selecta’ (Selector) and Sound Engineer would mix and cross sounds. Today at the biggest Soundclash (a sound system competition) and performances by award-winning dancehall artistes, the phrase “Come My Selecta!” is still heard.

Reggae sprung forth earlier, in the 1960’s, denoting a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional Jamaican mento (a form of folk music ), the earlier genres of ska and rocksteady, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint.

Reggae was thought of as delivering conscious messaging and spoke about everyday life including love stories, news, social gossip, and political comment, set to a counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, and the offbeat rhythm section with the bass guitar taking the lead. It also recognizes the glories of Haile Selassie and Jah (God) from the Rastafarian religion and relates to its spirituality.

Dancehall too is the voice of the people leading a life in the harsher realities of Jamaica. The digital remixing, dub tones and deep bass tones you can feel in your chest are an almost physical connection to the music. The biggest hits addressed the hardships and violence of day to day existence, of poverty and living with gang warfare and, instead of love songs, laid out strong sexually suggestive lyrics and came under criticism for promotion of gun violence and anti-gay lyrics. It spoke to the people and allowed them to relate to life in a way the gentler reggae tunes didn’t.

Yellowman, one of the most successful early dancehall artists, became the first Jamaican deejay to be signed to a major American record label, and for a time enjoyed a level of popularity in Jamaica to rival Bob Marley’s. The 80s also saw the rise of female deejays in dancehall music, such as Lady G, Lady Saw, and Sister Nancy. Other international female dancehall stars include artistes like Diana King and, from the late 1990s to today, Ce' Cile, Spice, Macka Diamond, Patra, Ishawna and Shenseea to name a few.

It was the opposite of the preaching of the simple life by the softer reggae beats. The driving dancehall hits had power and an energy that appealed to the younger generation. Artistes like Capleton and Shabba Ranks, who became the biggest ragga star in the world, were dominating the radio waves and pouring out of the cars of young Jamaicans. A new set of producers also came to prominence: Philip "Fatis" Burrell, Dave "Rude Boy" Kelly, George Phang, Hugh "Redman" James, Donovan Germain, Bobby Digital, Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson and Cleveland "Clevie" Brown (aka Steely & Clevie) rose to challenge Sly & Robbie's domination as Jamaica's leading rhythm section.

The deejays’ lyrics shared the realities of the streets of Jamaica with the world. Artists like Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mad Cobra, Ninjaman, Buju Banton, and Super Cat became major stars not just in Jamaica but of the sound that was now reaching out on an international level.

Crooners bridged the gap with a softer “sing-song” roots reggae style that incorporated the movements in the shifting music scene with performers like Pinchers, Cocoa Tea, Sanchez, Admiral Tibet, Frankie Paul, Half Pint, Conroy Smith, Courtney Melody, Carl Meeks and Barrington Levy who still draws a crowd to this day.

Traditional Reggae artists were still emerging and growing more and more popular with both locals and international crowds. Reggae greats like Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals, Steel Pulse, Third World, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Gregory Isaacs, Lee “Scratch” Perry, The Skatalites and Freddie McGregor would own the airwaves. Maxi Priest, Luciano and others wooed the world with chart-toppers, including Shaggy’s iconic “It Wasn’t Me’ sung the world over and his current collaboration with Sting is once more placing his unique sound to the forefront of popular culture.

UB40s “Red Red Wine” made them a dance floor staple forever and changed people’s idea of who sings reggae. Jamaican music was no longer wholly Jamaican. Reggae was no longer only associated with Rastafarians.

Ska and dub were rediscovered by popular American pop stars like Gwen Stefani and her band No Doubt and became the backbone of one of their most popular albums, which they recorded in Jamaica, while powerhouse Jamaicans like Sizzla delivered a blended array of dancehall, reggae and roots reggae catering to fans of the two styles of music. He would croon conscious lyrics and then turn around and ‘mash up di place’ with hard core dancehall.

Music and fashion go hand in hand and dancehall and reggae are no different. Reggae is associated with the red, black, green and gold, the lion of Judah, head wraps, conservative clothing, a militaristic style and of course dreadlocks. Dancehall’s fashion is as distinctive as the music and is the opposite of the somewhat anti-establishment hippie vibe of reggae.

Although the colours associated with Rastafari still appear, the look started off as more sleek, men in fedoras and suits graced the stage and gave way to the look of the 80s shared by Hip Hop and Rap artists, ie. ‘bling’ and a lot of it. Gold chains and rings would flash under the stage lights and the more you stood out, the better. Women at the dances would go all out and the competition for Queen of the Dancehall was born. Not only did these women become household names but their fashion sense also ruled.

The word ‘dance’ is still an integral part of the dancehall music scene. Unlike reggae which invites you to rock in place or just sit back and chill and let the music wash over you, dancehall is all about the moves. Different hits spawn different moves, and if you don’t know the latest one you don’t belong. Tourists make pilgrimage like trips to Jamaica every year just to be schooled in the latest dance trends and places like The House of Dancehall and individual dance teachers offer classes to the general public.

True dancehall street sessions are hard core and very physical and have come under criticism for not just depicting sexual acts in their execution but of those portrayals being particularly demeaning to women, even though women often participate with equal enthusiasm.

The many concerts and festivals that started developing all over the world is testimony to the power of the two genres of Jamaican music. From Rototom in Spain to Summerjam in Germany pulling in crowds in the thousands, to Reggae Sumfest happening every summer in Jamaica, now in its third decade, reggae is an international juggernaut. Rebel Salute, held in the beginning of each year in Jamaica, has a particularly unique Dancehall night.

All lyrics must be ‘clean’ and artists are made to perform under their given names and not their stage names. Many comply just to be a part of Tony Rebel’s world-famous reggae festival. Dancehall usually has a similar featured night at concerts promoted as a reggae event, but there are also stand-alone festivals. Sting was the top dancehall concert event in Jamaica for years.

It is now up for international bids for countries to host (similar to the way the Olympics move from country to country). Countries like Japan and Germany embraced reggae and dancehall to such a level that Japanese Soundsystem Mighty Crown beat out Jamaican counterparts to win World Clash in 1999 in Brooklyn, NY in the USA. German soundsystems and artists adhere to reggae and dancehall rhythms while making it their own. Japan has done the same with all of the Jamaican culture yet not necessarily needing Jamaican participation.

Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall artists continue to tell the story of Jamaican life and musicians from other countries are now using these genres to tell their own cultural stories. Stars are emerging from locations like Ghana (Shatta Wale and Stone Bwoy) , Germany (Gentleman) , France (Naâman) and many more are now making it their own.

The music continues to evolve as it competes with contemporary Jamaican dancehall artists like Popcaan, Aidonia, Alkaline, Ding Dong, Tommy Lee Sparta, Vybz Kartel, Gyptian and Mavado. Mega star Damian Marley incorporates dancehall style rapping into his predominantly reggae driven sound, while Sean Paul has crossed his unique modern dancehall sound with some of the biggest pop stars of today. He has folded his music seamlessly with the likes of Sia, Rihanna and Beyoncé, his fellow countrymen Konshens and BeenieMan as well as those who are the kings of dancehall in their own countries like Gentleman from Germany.

The electronic DJ trio Major Lazer is one of the biggest testaments to the sounds of Jamaica, with hit after hit. One of their accomplishments? The merging of these two major genres to highlight the kinship of these popular forms of Jamaican music and what they share, while celebrating their differences and delivering them to the world in yet another way to move body, mind and soul.

Reggae style in dance culture Online publication "Elements of Dance"

Reggae dance is one of the components of the popular reggae movement, which arose in the middle of the 20th century on the basis of Jamaican culture and American rhythm and blues. Cheerful, energetic, sunny, this style is relaxed, leisurely and positive.

With its pacifistic ideas, reggae became one of the most worthy offspring of the 60s, when the planet, which survived two wars, especially needed freedom and love. Culture, which gladly welcomes everyone into its friendly embrace, was to the taste not only of Americans, but also of Europeans, and already in the 70s, having conquered the West, the new style came to the post-Soviet expanses.

The world fame of reggae music and dance is largely the merit of the singer and composer Bob Marley, whose name is considered almost a household name when it comes to this style.

In our country, reggae existed underground for quite a long time, but, nevertheless, it was reflected in the compositions of such recognized monsters of the national rock scene as "Aquarium", "Cruise", "Dialogue", etc. Today, many young performers of the CIS turn to variations on the theme of reggae, singing in their works the universal brotherhood, the triumph of love, as well as the sea and the sun of a distant island.

The origin of the term "reggae" is associated with the English "regged rhythm" ("ragged rhythm"), as well as with one of the Negro tribes called "regga". This style has common roots with such genres as rocksteady and ska, being formed on their basis and developing in parallel with them.

Despite the seeming lightness, the reggae sound part is a fusion of various musical styles, sometimes having nothing in common with each other, but mixed in a common cauldron of Jamaican traditions. Listening to the radio, Jamaicans supplemented their national melodies with fragments of Western compositions, interpreting their sound in their own way. As a result, the original musical series changed beyond recognition, acquiring the features of the culture of the islanders.

Still, it's hard to confuse reggae with any other direction: its rhythmic pattern, observed by the guitar and emphasized by the bass parts, as well as the special manner of performance inherent in the vocalists, are original and original. In addition, reggae music is also characterized by such a feature as highlighting weak beats and poor playing of strong ones.

Let's dance reggae

Bright, incendiary, but devoid of complex steps, and therefore accessible, reggae dance suits all positive-minded people, regardless of gender and age. Therefore, they begin to perform it with a light heart and a relaxed body.

Standing straight and trying to match the rhythm, the dancer sways back and forth. At the same time, his arms are slightly bent at the elbows. Making movements to the beat of the music, the dancer gradually bends his arms more strongly, raises his hands above shoulder level and covers his head with his hands. Then you can extend your arm and make a turn forward, and then repeat the same movements with the other hand.

The reggae dance is characterized by the participation of the whole body, although the movements are very simple. When performing a dance, do not forget to take your head to one side or the other. Place one hand at chest level and take a step to the side, stretch your arm up and return to its original position. Again, repeat the movements with the other hand. All elements of this dance are performed emotionally, but slowly, energetically, but relaxed: the performer seems to enjoy his own existence, moving away from life's problems.

Reggae is part of religion

According to the beliefs of Jamaicans, who are known to be from Africa, the Promised Land is Ethiopia, and all the characters in the Bible had black skin. The reggae style as part of the Rastafarian religion often includes its elements: a combination of red, yellow and green colors, specific hairstyles, clothes, jewelry. Texts accompanied by a reggae dance may have a religious connotation.

However, the themes of rastafarian songs can be divided into two groups. Acute social texts, which tell about the unjust system imposed by the so-called Babylon (Western countries in the understanding of Rastafarianism), about the path to the Promised Land and that the people of Jamaica will rise from their knees and say their word, are interspersed with songs about the good god Jah, love and the sun. At the same time, the cheerful sunny side of reggae is inherent in the work, as a rule, of Western performers.

As an essential attribute of Rastaman culture, and also apart from Rastafarianism, nowadays reggae dance is successful in most countries of America and Europe, and new styles and directions are already being formed on its basis. Altogether, the reggae tradition has spawned about fifteen different sub-styles, among which are dub, dancehall, raga and the now popular roots reggae.

Reggae with its romance and philosophy of freedom still appeals to many today.

How to Dance Reggae: 8 Steps (with Pictures)



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The origins of reggae music have a wide range of influences. African drums, American rhythm, jazz and blues, it all mixes. Jamaica is the birthplace of reggae and people around the world want to learn how to dance reggae. The steps below will help dancers stick to the rhythm and learn what to do even when the rhythm is off.


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    Get ready to dance even if a reggae song is playing that you have never heard before. The second half of each beat follows the "off" beat, and the bass line contrasts with the smooth rhythm that is generated through jazz, bongo or African drums. Other instruments that create rhythm in reggae can be electric guitar, drums, woodwinds, brass, bass, and keyboards.

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    Express your individuality through movement. The reggae style originated in the Caribbean region, but since the Africans left this territory, the struggle of race, gender and class was expressed through body movements. Social ideas can be unique from person to person and thus dance is an individualized representation of each person.

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    Know the different eras of reggae. Each of the four eras has a different sound that should be distinguished. Therefore, one should understand what to expect when reggae music of a certain era starts playing. The most popular form of reggae now is "dancehall", which overtook other forms in 1983.

    • Ska was a popular form of reggae from 1960 to 1966. Immediately after ska in 1966, a rock direction was established, which retained its popularity until the 19th century.68. The following year (1969) people enjoyed early reggae and then late reggae until the popular "dancehall" came to replace them in 1983.
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    Enjoy reggae regardless of your nationality. Lyrics and music tend to express a Jamaican perspective on politics, economics and social issues, but the dance audience is not limited to Jamaica. Both Jamaicans and foreigners are considered a reggae audience if listeners and dancers are interested in discussing reggae and Jamaican music.

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    Discuss political, economic and social issues through dance. The performance of man has been danced throughout history. Reggae is a contemporary sound that incorporates traditional movements that symbolize dance and contemporary issues that expresses individual attitudes and beliefs.

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    Go to the dance floor. In reggae, the dance floor is a public space. Although it is very important to be able to express yourself, remember that others are also looking at you. Move, listen and learn to improve your understanding of reggae style and dance moves.

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    Shake your ass! It's easy to move your arms, legs, head and chest, but the back is just as important for communication. These movements of the back of the body are known as "Betty movements", through which African women reflected their attitude towards despotic classes and their formulations.

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    Move with the readim.

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