"RAGGA" (WEBMASTER'S COLUMN)
WWW, September 15 2009 - It's never an easy thing to describe the different forms of Music that together form Reggae. Most of us will have our own names definitions of styles, like I prefer to call early 1980's Dancehall "Rub a Dub" instead of "Dancehall", even though Rub a Dub is indeed early Dancehall Music.
When the Drum Computer was introduced in Jamaican Dancehall Music, with tunes like the infamous Sleng-Teng riddim, the next style of Dancehall was born and it's names was "Ragga".
In the book "Rough Guide To Reggae", however, Ragga is described as "essentially reggae played entirely (or mostly) using digital instrumentation" (page 291, 3rd edition).
In a way, you could say that this statement was "essentially" true in the time Ragga came into existence, but in the meantime, there is too much Digital Reggae which has a totally different sound than this post-Rub a Dub Dancehall music, of which the track "Duppy Come Again" featured in this edition of Dubroom Online is a perfect example.
One Love, Give Thanks,
Messian Dread (Dubroom Webmaster)
The above column is the personal opinnion of the Webmaster and does not neccesarily reflect the contents of the Dubroom Website and/or Message Boards and/or Weblogs.
ITEMS FOR THIS EDITION:
WWW, September 15 2009 - Nitty Gritty comes to us in a 1980's digital remake of a classic riddim. Niceness from a time wherein the Drum Computer took more and more place in the Jamaican Studio's!
WWW, September 2009 - In this variation on the Sleng-Teng riddim, Beenie Man shows us the 1980's while in his lyrics he hints towards the Land of Creation, just to show just where he's coming from. More Consciousness would definitely not harm either Beenie Man and his audience!
WWW, September 2009 - Augustus Pablo is the founder of what became the "Far East Sound": meditative melodies played on the melodica while the drum and bass play DUB as the foundation. His influence on contemporary music is more than will ever be acknowledged.
WWW, August/September 2009 - From August 16 to September 30, the Dubroom presents a new track available for free download at EZTRACKS.com. Just click to listen and check it out!