"Riddim" is the Jamaican Patois pronunciation of the English word "Rhythm". Riddims are mainly used for Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Lovers Rock, Dub and Raggamuffin music. Most music in those genres consists of an instrumental part and a vocal part. The instrumental part is called the riddim and the vocal part is called the voicing. Together they form a song, also called a tune. The usage of riddims started in the early 1960's and new riddims are produced up until today.

It is very common for the same riddim to be used by different artists for different tunes. A given riddim, if popular, may even be used hundreds of times. In the early days the riddims were simply named after the most popular tunes that were recorded over them. Since the 1980's, however, riddims started to be given their own unique names by their producers.

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What is Riddim-ID?

Riddim-ID is a database that keeps track of all the different riddims and the tunes that were recorded over them. Besides that, the database also contains detailed information about the artists that performed those tunes, their producers, and the labels they were released on. To learn more about Riddim-ID and the sources it is using, take a look at the About page.

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