May 2006 - Reggae Music differs from most
other popular forms of music in many ways.
The fact that the music originated on the
island of Jamaica, where it went through a
unique development as well, is very
important in this.
Most of the
music is created in a Jamaican Studio. These
studio's all had bands that played basic
tracks into the multi track recorder of the
engineer. Vocalists and DUB mixers then used
these tracks to create albums or singles.
tracks are called riddims. Riddims
are used over and over again. Sometimes, you
can hear different vocalists sing over the
very same recording of the very same riddim.
And sometimes, a studio band (or programmer)
re-records well known riddims.
these riddims were created back in the
1960's, and they are still used almost 50
years later. They are re-played or
can be recognized by it's bassline and
themes, often played by a horn section or
synthesizer. When a certain vocalist sings
over a riddim, making it popular, the riddim
receives the name of that song. For example,
Reggae Singer John Holt sang a song called
"Ali Baba". The riddim was called
"The Ali Baba Riddim" from that
literally thousands of riddims. Some are
old, but new riddims are created every day
JAMAICAN RIDDIM DIRECTORY brings you a
unique view in the world of Reggae Music.
They claim to have over 25,000 songs in
their database. A valueable database, since
it mentions the particular riddim used for
each of these 25,000+ tracks.
that, they also have a multimedia part from
where it is possible to actually listen to
the riddims. Great for musicians and
fun to play with the riddims, as there are
several places on the website where it is
possible to let the riddim play and add some
sound effects over it as well, in true Sound
about Sound System style, the Jamaican
Riddim Directory also presents a free piece
of software called "Soundman".
It's the only Reggae MP3 player, and it
enables you to listen to your MP3 collection
in the same sound system style. Mix tracks
together, add sound effects, everything is
possible. And the software is free, too.
are truly interested in Reggae Culture,
should have the JAMAICAN RIDDIM DIRECTORY in
their favorites. The site has enough
contents to keep you there for quite some
time, gaining knowledge and overstanding
about that Great Music called REGGAE!