1st Wave Dancehall
137 artists, 958 songs
During the late 1970s, producers like Henry 'Junjo' Lawes and Sugar Minott expanded upon the fertile DJ culture of the late 1960s and early 1970s and laid the foundation of what would soon become known as Dancehall or Ragga. Early superstars like Michigan and Smiley, Eek-A-Mouse and Yellowman pushed Dancehall to the forefront of Jamaican music in the post-Marley era. The direction of music in Jamaica changed again in 1985 when producer King Jammy created the Sleng Teng rhythm on a cheap Casio keyboard. These computerized rhythms eventually replaced live musicians in the studio, and ushered in the digital age of Jamaican music.