Dancehall, also called “Bashment”, is a genre of Jamaican music that originated in the late 1970s. In the 1980s, digital instrumentation became more dominant, which changed the sound quite a bit. Dancehall soon became known by it’s faster rhythms. A key element of dancehall music includes its use of Jamaican Patois and the use of riddims, the patois word for ‘rhythm’. One riddim, if popular, can be used in dozens, even hundreds, of songs.
Dancehall is named after Jamaican dance halls where popular Jamaican recordings were played by local sound systems. They began with people from the city of Kingston, Jamaica. So many dance moves have come from the dancehall genre!
Check out the video above of a popular dance move, Tek Weh Yuself, by Mr. Vegas! A popular dancehall song we all know!
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