Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A style of reggae music that incorporates hip-hop and rhythm and blues elements. Also called dancehall.

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  • n. a subgenre of reggae that incorporates hip hop, rhythm and blues and sampling; dancehall

Etymologies

Shortening and alteration of ragamuffin (from the style of clothes worn by the music's fans).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Wycliffe 'Steely' Johnson: musician and producer production duo Steely & Clevie, Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson played a key role in the reggae and its reinvention in the styles known as ragga and dancehall.

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  • Drum'n'bass prevails in the main room courtesy of Goldie, Doc Scott, DJ Die and Interface, while Nicky Blackmarket and Serial Killaz are on a ragga tip in room two.

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  • But having already ransacked dubstep and garage for his sensational run of 12-inches on Hessle Audio, he's now looking further back for inspiration, lashing the industrial Hoover basslines and cut-up ragga vocals of old-school jungle to a furiously swung beat.

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  • Despite often relying on the student crowd, drum'n'bass promoters Sub-Woofah! press on with another old-school and ragga jungle night at The Attic.

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  • A short but thorough course, exploring a wide range of bass-driven sounds from the aforementioned dub to disco and ragga and hip-hop too, Manuva's new night sees the Brit-hop legend and the Big Dada label laying out some of the best, bassiest sounds in the Old Street vicinity.

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  • Mr Tatchell spends a considerable amount of energy pointing out the vicious homophobia and misogyny in Muslim culture and rap, hip hop and ragga music, a fact which does not always endear the man to his companions on the radical left.

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  • Fusing traditional African rhythms with techno, zouk, ragga, and soca, Kuduro is transcending cultural boundaries and merging sounds that one would otherwise imagine uncanny.

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  • Remixes abound, as well as exclusive originals, and a hard retake on Goonda's "Fearless," which features ragga vocals by MC Zulu.

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  • KRS is joined by the ragga swagger of Stero-Lion, who poignantly appears throughout the album; A. P.O.S.T.L.E.'s moniker is too long to comment on, but his sound isn't: he's dope, and provides some of the best lyrics.

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  • This music video for Masala's "Od Tarnobrzegu po Bangladesz" is a remarkable example of Polish "ragga-bhangra" music -- funky Indian music performed by Poles with a proper bollywood-style video.

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