My #TGIF Riddim Video Pick
Watch and Enjoy….
Riddim is the Jamaican Patois pronunciation of the English word “rhythm,” but in calypso, dancehall and reggaeton parlance it refers to the instrumental accompaniment to a song. These genres consist of the riddim plus the “voicing” (vocal part) sung by the deejay. The resulting song structure is distinctive in many ways. 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 riding di riddim. To read more, click here