Raggae is hillarious, its like the anti-Western music. To us, repeating the same song endlessly would be plagerizing. In Jamacia, "You like Sleng Teng riddim? We give you 458 singles with Sleng Teng riddim, this month!"
Its often shit because each month, 198 different 7" 45's are pressed. You have to really wade through the crap. Check out the King Jammy compilation set on VP Records, good gems there!
just get a good studio one compilation, reggae/dub isnt really that mysterious or terrible or silly. a lot of it is fucking great.
There's just sooooo much released, sooo much. A friend of mine is really into it, he used to get tapes from this guy who lived in Jamacia and would ship singles out internationally. Every two week's he'd send out *4* 90 minute casettes, filled with 30 second clips of each new single. That's alot of tracks every two weeks. People also don't get the concept of the "riddim". Like, seriouisly, you will heae Sleng Teng in well over 100 different Raggae singles, probably alot more. To someone growing up on Western pop its confusing because you're like "Wtf? this is the same as that other song??". You just have to get that in Jamacia each month, different "riddims"(rhythms) are popular, and once they got hot, every little carribean music studio will be pumping out the tracks with that new hot sound.
Edited by ten fingers ten toes, 28 February 2007 - 08:17 PM.