"Sleng Teng" boosted Jammy's popularity immensely, and other producers quickly released their own versions of the riddim, accompanied by dozens of different vocalists. Ragga is now mainly used as a synonym for dancehall reggae or for describing dancehall with a deejay chatting rather than singjaying or singing on top of the riddim. ==Origins== Ragga originated in Jamaica during the 1980s, at the same time that electronic dance music's popularity was increasing globally.
In the late 1980s, Jamaican deejay Daddy Freddy and Asher D's "Ragamuffin Hip-Hop" became the first multinational single to feature the word "ragga" in its title.
Similar to hip hop, sampling often serves a prominent role in raggamuffin music. Wayne Smith's "Under Mi Sleng Teng", produced by King Jammy in 1985 on a Casio MT-40 synthesizer, is generally recognized as the seminal ragga song.
The term "raggamuffin music" describes the music of Jamaica's "ghetto dwellers". ==Ragga and hip hop music== King Jammy produced 1985 hit, "(Under Me) Sleng Teng" by Wayne Smith.
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In the 1990s, ragga and breakcore music fused, creating a style known as raggacore. The term "raggamuffin" is an intentional misspelling of "ragamuffin", a word that entered the Jamaican Patois lexicon after the British Empire colonized Jamaica in the 17th century.
Durham; London: Duke University Press, 2000.
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