Diwali Riddim

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Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Compilation album by Various artists
Released May 21, 2002
May 25, 2010 (Gold Edition)
Recorded 2002
Genre Dancehall, reggae fusion
Length 64:20
Label Greensleeves Records
Producer Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Various artists chronology
Hard Drive
(2002)
Diwali
(2002)
Hard Drive Pt. 2
(2002)
Alternative Cover
Gold Edition, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali, also known as the Diwali Riddim, is an album and popular dancehall riddim that came to prominence in 2002. The riddim is credited to Jamaican producer Steven "Lenky" Marsden [2] and appeared on several international hit songs by Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Lumidee, Brick & Lace (although its single "Love is Wicked" was not released until 2007), and Wayne Wonder. It is recognized as arguably the most prominent and popular riddim of 2002 based on the number of top-ten hit songs that charted in Jamaica or internationally that used the instrumental, such as "Get Busy," "No Letting Go," "Pon de Replay," "Never Leave You," "Overcome," "Elephant Message," "Sufferer," "Party Time," and "Love is Wicked." To this day, the riddim and the songs sampling it are still played on Jamaican radio stations every so often and is considered a classic.

The beat is characterized by syncopated clapping, and it was given the name Diwali for its Indian dance-music influence. The riddim has been featured in American television commercials via Sean Paul's song "Get Busy."[3]

List of songs using Diwali Riddim[edit]

Artist Song Album
Anthony B Girls Buss Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Assassin Ruffest & Tuffest Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Beenie Man That's Right Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Beenie Man War is over
Bounty Killer feat. Wayne Marshall Sufferer Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Bling Dawg All Right for You
Brick & Lace Love Is Wicked Love Is Wicked
Buju Banton Shala La
Cecile Respect yuh Wife Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Crissy D Make it Real Good Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Danny English & Egg Nog Party Time Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Diwali XM24 Version Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Elephant Man Elephant Message Higher Level / Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
General Degree Inna Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Hawkeye Bubble & Wine
Lumidee Never Leave You (slightly altered from the original riddim), produced by DJ Tedsmooth & Trendsetta Almost Famous/Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali (Gold Edition)
Madd Anju Dem ago Hard
Mega Banton It's OK Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Mr Reggaenarator Art de rue police (police freak)
Sean Paul Get Busy Dutty Rock,
Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali (Gold Edition)
Spragga Benz Da One
Shakti Ay Yo!
Sheikh Terra & the Soul Salah Crew Dirty Kuffar
Tanya Stephens Can't Touch Me No More Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
T.O.K. Galang Gal Unknown Language / Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Wayne Marshall Overcome Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Wayne Wonder No Letting Go No Holding Back
Zumjay Zumjay is my Name Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Spragga Benz Gonna Fight
Tiwa Savage Without My Heart Ft. Don Jazzy Once Upon a Time
Wizkid London Girl Empire Mates State of Mind
M.O.G. (Men Of God) Let Him Go

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