Reggae Rhythm Update podcasts

As you may or may not know, a good percentage of Jamaican music releases are based on the musical arrangements (or “rhythms”) of past hits. For example, a producer will choose a particularly memorable or long-forgotten Jamaican hit and either sample the original or hire new musicians and programmers to replicate the original bass line and the other musical parts — all in an effort to rework the original arrangement while adding that producer’s unique vision of the rhythm update. Current singers and dee-jays (Jamaican rappers) are brought in to voice brand new songs on the re-worked rhythm. Although the batch of songs will be new, the rhythm will be familiar to fans of Jamaican popular music and are more likely to achieve hit status. (Via the ABOUT page)

Currently listening to: Versions of “Come Back Darling”

Website and blog: http://www.rhythmupdate.com

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