May 11, 2009

Dancehall Crew - Surinamese reggae

ScreenShot001 Start with African rhythms. Add some Indian instruments and harmonies. Now put Caribbean energy and landscapes into the mix. Finally, add some lyrics in Dutch and push play. What you get is the music of Suriname, one of the most distinctive countries in South America.

Dancehall Crew is a good example of the Surinamese authenticity. I don’t recommend you to watch the following video if you are easily impressed, since it contains some violent images. The structure of the song is, however, interesting. It starts with one rhythm and, all of a sudden, it turns into another one, in a different tempo. The same thing happens several times during the song. This is something you don’t see often in Reggae music!

Faya in a ghetto


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