Dancehall is a type of music that originated in Jamaica in the island’s dancehall it is characterized by a deejay singing and toasting (or rapping) over danceable music riddims. The rhythm in dancehall is much faster than in traditional reggae, sometimes with drum machines replacing acoustic sets. In the early years of dancehall, some found its lyrics crude or “slack”, because of its sexual tones. Like its reggae predecessor, dancehall eventually made in roads onto the world music scene.
It was the beginning of the Sound System that play a major role in the musical genre Dancehall, when poor Jamaicans were not able to participate in dances uptown. The name later became associated with a genre of Jamaican popular music. Initially dancehall was a more sparse version of reggae, which has themes of politics and religion but not as directly as roots style, which was associated with the Rastafari culture. Many fail to speak about a aspect of dancehall why many turn to the genre. As some may say during the time of when many artist was working to get a breakin the reggae industory they where denied the appertunity to get recognized or promoted as Bob Marley and the wailers where so it is said, While Island music owner was not giving the support of their work because of ones looks, many artist turned to Dancehall. As it is said to be Reggae’s rebellious cousine.
Dancehall owes its name to the spaces in which popular Jamaican recordings were aired by local sound systems and readily consumed by its “set-to-party” patronage; commonly referred to as “dance halls”. Dancehall, the musical genre, is long considered to be the creation of Henry “Junjo” Lawes in 1979. The production of dancehall music was further refined by King Jammy in the early 80s, during the transition from dub to dancehall, and original attempts to digitize “hooks” to “toast” over by Jamaican deejays. One such person is U-Roy, who was at the time a sound system selector or Disjack