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Burru is an African-Jamaican style of drumming. It originated on slave plantations, where slave masters permitted its continuance as it provided a rhythm for the slaves to work by.[1] It has been used in reggae music, popularised by Count Ossie and also used by artists such as Bob Marley.[2]


  1. ^ Murrell, Nathaniel Samuel (1998). Chanting Down Babylon: The Rastafari Reader. Temple University Press. 
  2. ^ Moskowitz, David (2006). Caribbean Popular Music. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 46.