Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sean Paul -- "Get Busy" (2002)

Woman, get busy, 
Just shake that booty nonstop
When the beat drops
Just keep swinging it
Get jiggy
Get crunked up, percolate 
Anything you wanna to call it
Oscillate your hip 
And don’t take pity

Sean Paul is a Jamaican dancehall "toaster" (click here for an explanation).  He's had a number of international hits, but this song -- which was a #1 hit in the United States in 2003 -- was probably his biggest. 

Sean Paul
"Get Busy" was one of several hits that featured the "Diwali riddim."  A "riddim" (which is the Jamaican patois pronunciation of "rhythm") refers to the instrumental accompaniment to a Jamaican dancehall or reggae song.  A particular riddim may be used as the basis for dozens of different songs, and the songs you hear in a Jamaican dancehall at any given time may all utilize only two or three riddims.

Greensleeves Records & Publishing, a London label that owns the copyrights to 20,000 dancehall and reggae songs, issues albums that are built around a single riddim.  The Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali, which was issued in 2002, featured 20 Diwali riddim songs.  ("Get Busy" was not on the original album, but was  one of two songs added to the "Gold Edition" version that was released in 2010.)

The Diwali riddim is a syncopated handclapping rhythm based on Indian dance music.  Diwali (which can be spelled "Devali") is a contraction of "Deepavali," which an important Hindu festival.

During Diwali, celebrants light small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil, wear new clothes, and share sweets with family members and friends.  Diwali is an official holiday in India and a number of other countries.   

Here's "Get Busy":

Here's a link you can use to buy the song from Amazon:

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