Episode 2 of our new “People Dance to…” series, Word on the Curb sourced people from all around the UK, of various backgrounds to dance to Dancehall or sometimes referred to as Bashment music – a sound originating from Jamaica in the 1970s.
It started off as a loose offspring to reggae music, making extensive use of Jamaican patois and has often been noted for being vibrant, romantic and emphatic.
The likes of Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, Movado Elephant Man, Beenie Man and Buju Banton are noted for having a particularly strong influence on the genre.
We thought it would be particularly interesting to see how people – familiar or unfamiliar with the sound to respond to the music on the dance floor.
Watch out for more of Lucas – famed for his dancing to UK Drill music, and also Gerrome who teaches the audience how to dance proclaiming you need to use your shoulders and not your waist unless “you’re a gyal.”
All music played in this video is not owned by Word on the Curb and all rights are reserved to the producer and label owners:
1. DingDong – Fling Yuh Shoulder
2. Vybz Kartel – Fever
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Dancehall Origins weren’t involved in the making of this video, but if you’re in the UK and want to learn more about Dancehall or find classes near you – visit https://dancehallorigins.co.uk
Thanks to all involved:
Parys Gardener Art (for her artwork):
Noor Khondakhar @nooriejbk
Ju Sofia Prata
Hope Ellen @hopeellen__
Taja Lewis @tajalewis
Zak Watson-Smith @zakyws
Lema Ahmet (https://www.instagram.com/lema_a05/)