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Definition of the noun Dancehall

What does Dancehall mean as a name of something?


  1. a public hall for dancing
  2. a type of Jamaican entertainment (see Wikipedia)
  3. a reggae dance style; ragga


Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s. Initially dancehall was a more sparse version of reggae than the roots style, which had dominated much of the 1970s. Two of the biggest stars of the early dancehall era were Yellowman and Eek-a-Mouse. Dancehall brought a new generation of producers, including Linval Thompson, Gussie Clarke and Jah Thomas. In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital dancehall becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms.


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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dancehall

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Google previewModern Girls on the Go (2013)

Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan by Alisa Freedman, Laura Miller, Christine R. Yano

The dancehall is a contradictory site for the enactment of practices of labor and leisure. For the male patrons, the dancehall is a site of commodified leisure, where they can purchase the company of a female dancing companion for a short time ...

Google previewJamaican Diaspora: Music Editon

by Janice Maxwell

Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s. Dancehall is named after Jamaican dance halls in which popular Jamaican recordings were played by local sound systems. These began in the late 1940s ...

Google previewHiphop Literacies (2006)

by Elaine Richardson

Dancehall is an important field of “active cultural production . . . by which socalled lower class [African Jamaican] youth articulate and project a distinct identity in local, national, and global contexts.” (Stolzoff 2000: 1) This genre of Jamaican ...

Google previewCaribbean Romances (1999)

The Politics of Regional Representation by Belinda Edmondson

Dancehall is a product of the black urban ghetto — the racial qualifier is an important one — and the ...

Google previewDance in a World of Change (2008)

Reflections on Globalization and Cultural Difference by Sherry B. Shapiro

Jamaican dancehall is a musical style, a dance style, and a subculture. As a secular ritual, ...

Google previewCaribbean Popular Music (2006)

An Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall by David Vlado Moskowitz

Dancehall is a style of Jamaican popular music that developed in the 1980s. The style involves a DJ singing or toasting over a repetitive beat, the result of which is a relatively thin texture. Dancehall takes its name from the venues in which it ...

Google previewOriginal Jamaican) Dancehall Dictionary (2014)

Learning to speak like a Jamaican by Joan Williams, Shawn Grant

The stigma that was attached to these activities however, no longer exists anything that can bring one close to becoming a Browning is usually welcomed by hard core dancehall fans. In fact, based on the pictures one sees coming from most ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the African Diaspora (2008)

Origins, Experiences, and Culture. A-C. Volume 1

For example, the place of rap music and hip-hop culture more generally and Jamaican dancehall has been one of the...

Google previewThe Concise Garland Encyclopedia of World Music (2013)

by Garland Encyclopedia of World Music,

dancehall became an alternative to reggae for young Jamaicans in the early 1980s.

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Music (2004)

by Christine Ammer

dancehall A style of popular dance music that originated in Jamaican dance clubs, an offshoot of both reggae and rap. With bouncy, heavy-hitting rhythms, it draws on the basic structure of reggae, but its lyrics are less socially conscious and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Diasporas (2005)

Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World. Volume I: Overviews and Topics; Volume II: Diaspora Communities by Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, Ian Skoggard

For example, the place of rap music and hip hop culture more generally and Jamaican dancehall has been one of the flashpoints for thinking about the future of Caribana as “a Caribbean festival in Canada.” The debate that engulfed ...

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