Riddim Definition & Culture

Origins of Riddims

The term ‘riddim’ is the Jamaican patois spelling of rhythm. Thus a riddim is defined as a movement or procedure with uniform or patterned recurrence of a beat, accent, or the like.

Going as far back as 1970, reggae music whose main proponent being dancehall has relied heavily on the riddim culture phenomenon. While a dancehall song consists of a deejay singing (voicing over) a riddim, the riddim is not exclusive to that song, a characteristic not applicable to other genres.

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