What is a riddim?
Riddim is the Jamaican Patois pronunciation of the English word "rhythm". Riddims are the instrumental backgrounds of tunes (or songs) and are mostly used for Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Lovers Rock, Dub and Raggamuffin music. Every riddim has its own unique name. They are often used by different artists to record different tunes. Some of the more popular riddims are even used hundreds of times. The usage of riddims started in the 1960's and new riddims are produced up until today.
I would like to thank Pupa Vlado for his pioneering work in collecting and documenting information about riddims and tunes. I would also like to thank Robert Camphouse for the labour of love and all the time he spent on his 'Camphouse Riddim Index' and 'Camphouse Artist Profile' and for the fact he allowed me to use them. Take a look at the About page to read about how their work was used on this site.