Friday, November 23, 2012

Dancehall Reggae - Bam Bam Riddim

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a samplying of Dancehall Reggae songs that have the Bam Bam riddim (rhythm). This post also includes information about the meaning of the Jamaican Patois term "riddim".

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Riddim is the Jamaican Patois pronunciation of the English word "rhythm," but in dancehall/reggae parlance it refers to the instrumental accompaniment to a song. Thus, a dancehall song consists of the riddim plus the "voicing" (vocal part) sung by the deejay. The resulting song structure may be taken for granted by dancehall fans, but is in many ways unique. A given riddim, if popular, may be used in dozens—or even hundreds—of songs, not only in recordings, but also in live performances..."Riddims are the primary musical building blocks of Jamaican popular songs.... At any given time, ten to fifteen riddims are widely used in dancehall recordings, but only two or three of these are the now ting (i.e., the latest riddims that everyone must record over if they want to get them played in the dance or on radio).... In dancehall performing, those whose timing is right on top of the rhythm are said to be "ridding di riddim"...

African in origin (see clave (rhythm) and bell pattern),riddims can generally be categorized into three types. One of the oldest types of riddim is the classical riddim providing roots reggae, dub and lovers rock with instrumentals, such as Bam Bam, produced by Sly & Robbie. The second type is the ragga riddim backing raggamuffin and dancehall songs, such as the Juice riddim, produced by Richard "Shams" Browne. The third type is the digital riddim, such as Sleng Teng, produced by King Jammy.

So-called digital riddims refer to riddims created around the time that Jamaican producers incorporated drum machines and synthesizers into reggae-music production. Nowadays, however, most dancehall and soca riddims are created by electronic instruments, so, in essence, almost all are digital.

Example #1: Bam Bam Riddim

raggabeats, Uploaded on Feb 3, 2010

Bam Bam Riddim
Producer: Lowell Charles "sly" Dunbar & Robert "Robbie" Shakespear
Label: Taxi

Example #2: Chaka Demus & Pliers - Bam Bam

lmfrade, Uploaded on Feb 28, 2008

Example #3: Sister Nancy - BAM BAM

johnreign, Uploaded on Dec 7, 2007

I heard this song while playing skate and decided to upload

Example #4: Bam Bam Mix (Chaka Demus/Pliers etc..)

BootCampWuTang, Uploaded on May 28, 2008

Bam Bam Mix (Chaka Demus/Pliers etc..)
A song list was provided in this sound file's viewer comment thread by Mayapaszek, 2011
Play list: 1. Faith Evans - Love like This Before
2. Pliers - Bam Bam (Original Toots and The Maytals – Bam Bam) 3. Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder she wrote
4. Nardo Ranks - Them a bleach (and no Buju Banton haven't made a number like this. Nardo do say Buju in his song, but not that he is Buju. He is saying "Buju Banton tell di gyal dem bout browning." He's referring to Buju's song "Browning."
5. Red Rat – That Girl (Oh no remix?) (Originally Red Rat – Shelly-Ann)

Example #5: Bam Bam - Shaggy & Toots

geejamrecordings, Uploaded on Dec 1, 2010

Thanks to the producers/composers of these songs, as well as the vocalists, and musicians, and dancers featured in these sound files and video. Thanks also to the uploaders of the sound files and video.

Finally, thank you for visiting pancocojams.

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