Dancehall reggae music, also known as ragga-muffin or dub a dub style is a popular Jamaican music

that originated in the mid to late 1970s. As a result of turbulent  socio – economic factors this genre

became a dominant style of music in the 1980s and 1990s,after the turbulent election,

most people perceive dancehall music as a child of one-drop roots reggae a music style

that was prevalent in the 1970s. With the introduction of digital instrumentation

on to the music scene in the 1980s for sure that changed the initial sound of the music

hence dancehall music to incorporate faster rhythms, this music genre is characterized by a deejay who toasts,

or “raps,” over a dance-able prerecorded rhythm track,

the dancehall rhythm is much faster than in one-drop roots reggae, sometimes incorporating drum machines,

Dancehall music derived its name from the Jamaican dance halls where artists,

producers and lovers of reggae music would meet to enjoy music.Check out this dancehall t shirts

for example Selectors/Djs would set up their music Sound systems in large halls or street places where artistes would perform to showcase their talent.

These makeshift dance-halls contributed to the growth of dancehall music as it allowed people to showcase

their talent and listen to new sounds without having to buy radios.


Sound systems such as Gemini Disco, Kilamanjaro Black Scorpio,Volcano Hi-Power, King Jammy,Virgo Hi-Fi, Bass Odyssey,

Metro media,Body-guard,and Aces International created new sounds and provided a platform for dancehall deejays.

Some of the renowned deejays who shaped dancehall music include Captain Sinbad,Clint Eastwood, Ranking Joe,

Josey Wales, Lone Ranger, Shabba Ranks,Charlie Chaplain, Yellowman, and General Echo.

Dancehall is arguably the most popular music genre in Jamaica alongside reggae music.

From the 1980s to the mid-1990s, dancehall sat on the back burner in the music scene due to sexual undertones in its lyrics.

Still, it eventually received international acclaim like its reggae predecessor. Dancehall music particularly made a resurgence in 1990s

With a Rastafarian vibe in the work of Sizzla,Antony B, and  Buju  Banton.

There was also a wave of Reggae gospel dancehall music performed by artistes like Pap San, Lieutenant Stichie, and Carlene Davis.

Today, dancehall music is prevalent in urban areas of Jamaica, though it’s popular in rural settings as well.

Some of the notable dancehall artistes that shaped this style of music in the 1990s include Beenie Man,

Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Shabba Ranks, Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer,Mad Cobra,

Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens, General Degree and Monster Shack Crew.

Several Jamaican dancehall artistes, including Beenie Man, Shabba Ranks and Sean Paul, have achieved worldwide success.

 music vibes is full of energetic dance moves that make stage performances and parties lively.

Without a doubt the energetic dance moves typical in hip hop music are derived from the dancehall music scene.

With its uniqueness and versatility dancehall has truly changed the face of music, this style of music has produced some of the iconic artistes,

with massive sounds including Vybz Kartel, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Mavado, Konshens, Aidoni, and many more.

For sure this music genre is here to stay for years to come.