to the Microphonic Reggae DJ Directory
the moniker 'DJ' refers to a 'Disc Jockey' i.e.
the person who plays musical recordings and introduces
them to an
audience either live at a venue or over a broadcast medium
sound system terminology for a DJ (DeeJay) has a completely different
meaning. Due to the vast size of many reggae sound systems
there would be three people to do the full job of a conventional
DJ. The 'selector' who chooses which tunes to play. The 'operator'
the sound. Then the 'DJ' who in this instance is more often
than not the
the DJ will jive talk and banter lyrically between
records and also over the top of the music during play.
adlib while the music is playing has also become an art
form itself, in reggae this is commonly known as toasting
and generalised as 'DJ music.' Eventually this kind of style
was adopted and adapted to suit other forms of music by a much larger music following in America known
'Rap music' or 'Rapping'.
Jamaican DJ's often acted as the 'town cryers' including all manner
of topical subjects in their lyrics; politics, world news,
styles and fashions of the day. It is all there to listen
the righteous rastaman chants right through to the x-rated
lyrics of the slackest DJ's.
to the world, the first website dedicated to the world
of Reggae DeeJays. Entry criteria to the DJ directory is
simple. That the DJ/MC should have some notoriety as a recording
as well as live or sound system experience. Contributions
and suggestions are always welcome.