The Caribbean Invasion

The Caribbean Invasion
Born of reggae and once relegated to New York’s outer boroughs, ‘dancehall’ now powers mainstream chart-busters like Sean Paul’s ‘The Trinity.’

Dancehall once meant the place where your grandparents stepped in time to the tunes of Benny Goodman. Or maybe the dreaded venue for weekly ballet lessons. But thanks to Jamaican artists such as Sean Paul and Damian Marley, and Rihanna of Barbados, “dancehall” now means the fresh “new” sound behind several radio hits—on top of the Billboard charts and on stage at the Grammys.

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