Hello and welcome to another wonderful reggae Sunday. I encourage everyone to try and enjoy their day today, rebel against those negative forces that try to oppress us. This week I’m streaming the fantastic sounds of U-Roy with a Bob Marley sample used to full effect.
Toasting, chatting (rap in other parts of the Anglo Caribbean), or deejaying is the act of talking or chanting, usually in a monotone melody, over a rhythm or beat by a deejay. Traditionally, the method of toasting originated from the griots of Caribbean calypso and mento traditions.The lyrics can either be improvised or pre-written.
Toasting has been used in various African traditions, such as griots chanting over a drum beat, as well as in the United States and Jamaican music forms, such as Ska, reggae, dancehall, and dub. Toasting is also often used in soca and bouyon music.