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JAMAICAN RIDDIM DIRECTORY
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WWW, 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.

These basic 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. 

Some of these riddims were created back in the 1960's, and they are still used almost 50 years later. They are re-played or re-programmed.

A riddim 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 day on.

There are literally thousands of riddims. Some are old, but new riddims are created every day as well.

The 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.

Not only that, they also have a multimedia part from where it is possible to actually listen to the riddims. Great for musicians and collectors.

It's also 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 System style.

Talking 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.

Those who 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!

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