It’s true. EDM – Electronic Dance Music – was born in Jamaica, the same place where Reggae was birthed.
In a story published on Heroes Day 2015 by The Jamaica Gleaner, the Late King Tubby is credited with being the originator of EDM, an offshoot of Dub. The pioneers of Dub include King Tubby, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Melvyn Morris, Keith Hudson and Clive Chin, among others. An additional, very interesting point the article raises is that ““EDM also borrows from digital dancehall, which is among the first EDM in the mid 1980s”” and it goes on, stating that all the genres that fall under EDM are ““pro-genies of dub and dancehall.””
The Gleaner shares insights from King Jammys – a pioneer of electronic music perhaps best known for creating the Sleng Teng Riddim and from veteran journalist and lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Dr Dennis Howard.
The Gleaner’s story comes on the heels of Billboard.com declaring to the world that EDM is in fact originally a product of Jamaica.
Jamaica & Jamaican EDM, Today
Being that the global EDM market is an approximately $7 Billion industry, how, more widely, can/will Jamaica benefit, moving forward?
Major Lazer leads in producing any EDM that includes any Jamaican. This video is a Rolling Stones feature on the group.
Jamaica’s first EDM festival, Paradise Lost, is slated to take place March 10-12, 2016. Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St. Ann will host the festival, which expects over 15,000 spring-breakers to visit Jamaica. 2,300 jobs and over 200 internships are said will be created and the organizers are optimistic that the festival can bring in $5 billion Jamaican or approximately $40 million USD, to the Jamaican economy.
In a Jamaica Star story, King Jammys has expressed that more Jamaicans should “experiment” with EDM, because it is theirs.
The Reggae-Valley Radio Team