Dancehall 101, Vol. 6

Dancehall 101, Vol. 6


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One of the questions that people who are new to reggae often ask is: "What is the difference between dancehall toasting and dubwise toasting?" In a nutshell, dancehall favors a much harder, more forceful and abrasive approach than the old-school dubwise artists of the '70s (King Tubby, I-Roy, U-Roy, Big Youth, Dennis Alcapone, Ranking Joe). Dubwise was essentially the toasting equivalent of '70s reggae singers like Desmond Dekker, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh; dancehall, from the late '80s on, has owed a lot to hip-hop's defiant, in-your-face outlook. And that outlook is alive and well on Dancehall 101, Vol. 6, which boasts recordings by major dancehall figures such as Buju Banton ("Have Fi Get Yu Tonight"), Shabba Ranks ("Trailer Load a Girls"), Nardo Ranks ("Burrup"), Tiger ("Ram Dance Hall"), Beenie Man ("Big Up and Trust") and Sean Paul ("Infiltrate"). In fact, the lineup on this compilation often reads like a who-who's of dancehall. There is a lot of aggression on Vol. 6, but there is also a fair amount of diversity. General Degree's hilarious early-'90s hit "Granny" epitomizes the goofier side of dancehall, while Panamanian toaster El General takes the 59-minute CD into Spanish-language territory with "Te Ves Buena" ("You Look Good"). Most of the dancehall stars on Vol. 6 are toasting over hard, hip-hop-minded electronic tracks, but on Reggie Stepper's "Drum Pan Sound" and Ninjaman's "Test the High Power," one encounters softer dubwise-style tracks that recall the days of U-Roy and I-Roy; those tunes are a perfect blend of gruff dancehall-style toasting and dubwise-style rhythms. VP Records' Dancehall 101 compilations have been perfect for both novices and seasoned dancehall listeners, and Vol. 6 is no exception.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Vp Records
UPC: 0054645184021
catalogNumber: 1840
Rank: 254725

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Jah Screw   Producer
Danny Browne   Producer
Philip "Fatis" Burrell   Composer
Clevie   Producer
Bobby Dixon   Composer
Donovan Germain   Producer
W. Johnson   Composer
Mark Myrie   Composer
Patrick Roberts   Producer
Robbie Shakespeare   Composer
Christopher Chin   Executive Producer
Winston Riley   Producer
Bobby "Digital" Dixon   Producer
Rexton Gordon   Composer
Jeremy Harding   Producer
Karl Miller   Producer
R. Price   Composer
R. Williams   Composer
N. Jackson   Composer
J. Harding   Composer
G. Henderson   Composer
K. Allen   Composer
S. Henriques   Composer
W. Riley   Composer
H. Browne   Composer
C. Bailey   Composer
C. Browne   Composer
B. Dixon   Composer
C. Hamilton   Composer
R. McLean   Composer
V. Stephenson   Composer
S. Marsden   Composer
G. Benson   Composer
E. Franco   Composer
D. Kelly   Composer
D. Ballentine   Composer
T. Kelly   Composer
T. Thompson   Composer

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