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Maddi Ludbrooke🌹

One and only @4relyi #reggae #calypso #dance #4relyi #foryou #foryoupage

21.4K Likes, 288 Comments. TikTok video from Maddi Ludbrooke🌹 (@maddiludbrooke.x): "One and only @4relyi ✨ #reggae #calypso #dance #4relyi #foryou #foryoupage". original sound.


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#reggae #dancehall #duet #dance #fyp #viral

598 Likes, 25 Comments. TikTok video from Sher (@reesestikncuteada): "#reggae #dancehall #duet #dance #fyp #viral". Bam Bam.


Bam Bam - Chaka Demus & Pliers


peter G comedian

Nice 👍😂 dance reggae 🔥🎶🔥 part 2 #petergcomedian on YouTube, TikTok videos

TikTok video from peter G comedian (@peterg2544): "Nice 👍😂 dance reggae 🔥🎶🔥 part 2 #petergcomedian on YouTube, TikTok videos". 🎶🔥🤣🤣💃 | reggae dance🔥🎶😂😂😂 | Dj G reggae riddim dance 🔥🔥🎶❤️. original sound.


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Just chilln’. #reggae #reggaevibes #dance #jamaica #fyp

11.8K Likes, 1.3K Comments. TikTok video from sailorgirl (@cubie1): "Just chilln’. #reggae #reggaevibes #dance #jamaica #fyp". Feels like another reggae day!. World A Music.


World A Music - Ini Kamoze


Rachel K

Some reggae dancing with my girl @tonyaziki 🙏🏽❤️ #tiktok #tiktokuganda #fyp #foryourpage #newpost #dancechallenge #dance #reggae #mood #eastafrica

6.1K Likes, 63 Comments. TikTok video from Rachel K (@iamrachelk): "Some reggae dancing with my girl @tonyaziki 🙏🏽❤️ #tiktok #tiktokuganda #fyp #foryourpage #newpost #dancechallenge #dance #reggae #mood #eastafrica". Murder She Wrote - Original Mix.


Murder She Wrote - Original Mix - Chaka Demus & Pliers



🔥 Elephant Man, Usher and Chris Brown Dance on stage at Reggae Sumfest '10 #chrisbrown #reggae #dancehall #elephantman #usher #jamaica #vprecords

1. 7K Likes, 23 Comments. TikTok video from vprecords (@vprecords): "🔥 Elephant Man, Usher and Chris Brown Dance on stage at Reggae Sumfest '10 #chrisbrown #reggae#dancehall #elephantman #usher#jamaica #vprecords". original sound.


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Dançando Reggae

1.2K Likes, 13 Comments. TikTok video from Brito_Marley (@brito_marley): "Dançando Reggae". Dançando Reggae. Yara.


Yara - Rosy Valença



#workvibes #fyp #reggae #dancehal #blue

103.2K Likes, 2.9K Comments. TikTok video from Sher (@reesestikncuteada): "#workvibes #fyp #reggae #dancehal #blue". Bam Bam.


Bam Bam - Chaka Demus & Pliers



#viral #fyp #reggae #danca #dancando #dancandoreggae

558 Likes, 13 Comments. TikTok video from Adryelle (@adryellenogueira14): "#viral #fyp #reggae #danca #dancando #dancandoreggae". som original.


som original - Adryelle



#Day1 on set #ReggaeMonth #PullupDiVibes #videoshoot #DDA #DancehallDanceAssociation

TikTok video from DanceJa (@dancejamaica): "#Day1 on set #ReggaeMonth #PullupDiVibes #videoshoot #DDA #DancehallDanceAssociation". Day 1 of Dancehall Dance Association Reggae Video Shoot. What One Dance Can Do.


What One Dance Can Do - Beres Hammond

40 Songs for a Reggae Dance Party

Ambient DJs’ music mixologist DJs recently held a reggae music summit in the Princeton area. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss top reggae dance floor fillers and our favorite reggae “riddims. ” A “riddim” is a rhythmic pattern or groove that the emcee or vocalist sings over. The name of the riddim tends to be the name of the original song from which it derived. For example, the well-known “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus & Pliers relies on the “Bam Bam” riddim from Pliers’ track “Wat a Bom.”

The list that follows primarily focuses on ‘dancehall’ reggae that features a beat or riddim, making it easy to dance to. Roots reggae is a mellower branch of reggae that has not been highlighted in this blog.

Reggae music is wonderful music, and perhaps the primary inspiration for booking my first trip to Jamaica in 2013! Special thanks to musical contributors to this playlist: DJ Greg Nice, DJ Iron Mike, DJ Spinz, DJ Allday and DJ Gregg Ambient. Play these songs loud with liberal doses of a blaring reggae horn!

Also check out two free, downloadable (or streamable) reggae mixes by DJ Gregg Ambient following the tracklist. One love!

  1. Twice My Age – Krystal & Shabba Ranks
  2. Limb by Limb – Cutty Ranks (Fever Pitch riddim)
  3. Heads High – Mr. Vegas (Filthy riddim)
  4. Get Busy – Sean Paul (Diwali riddim)
  5. Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus & Pliers (Bam Bam riddim)
  6. Living Dangerously – Barrington Levy (Living Dangerously riddim)
  7. Action – Terror Fabulous f/Nadia Sutherland (Showtime riddim)
  8. We Nuh Like – Spragga Benz (Showtime riddim)
  9. Have a Hot Gal – Shaggy (Showtime riddim)
  10. Jook Gal (Wine Wine) (Remix) – Elephant Man f/Twista, Young Bloodz & Kiprich (Coolie Dance riddim)
  11. A Who Seh Me Dun – Cutty Ranks (Bam Bam riddim)
  12. Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze (Land of 1,000 Dances riddim)
  13. Bruck it Down – Mr. Vegas (Satta riddim)
  14. Skip to Ma Luu – Serani f/Ding Dong
  15. You Don’t Love Me (Trojan Mix) – Dawn Penn (No No No riddim)
  16. No Games – Serani (Unfinished Business riddim)
  17. So Special – Mavado (Unfinished Business riddim)
  18. Ting-a-Ling – Shabba Ranks
  19. Rich Girl – Louchie Lou
  20. No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
  21. Gal Yuh a Lead – T. O.K. (Wanted riddim)
  22. Anything Goes – C.N.N., Wayne Wonder & Lexxus
  23. Dat Sexy Body – Sasha
  24. Romie – Beenie Man
  25. Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth
  26. Flex (Time to Have Sex) – Mad Cobra
  27. Girls Dem Sugar – Beenie Man f/Mya
  28. I’m Drinking (Rum & Redbull) – Beenie Man & Fambo
  29. Like Glue – Sean Paul
  30. Pon di Floor – Major Lazer
  31. Dutty Wine – Tony Matterhorn
  32. Welcome to Jam Rock – Damian “Gong” Marley
  33. Bad Boyz – Shyne f/Barrington Levy
  34. Dude (remix) – Beenie Man f/Ms. Thing & Shawnna
  35. Ganja Smuggling – Eek-a-Mouse
  36. Black Man Land – Prince Far I
  37. Turn it Up – RICHIELOOP
  38. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
  39. Close to You – Maxi Priest
  40. Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley

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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