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A deejay [ ˈdiːdʒeɪ ] is a spoken voice artist in the Jamaican sound system music, similar to the rapper in hip-hop music. Deejays underlay reggae instrumental pieces ( riddims ) with spoken chants ( toasting ). The concept of the Jamaican deejay is therefore not identical to that of the DJ , i.e. the recorder. This role is taken over by the selector in a sound system .


Originally, the deejay was a kind of moderator of a sound system that announced individual songs or animated the audience. In many cases, the early Deejay recordings are nothing more than a text spoken over a reggae instrumental. Over time, it developed into an art form of its own, which is also considered the forerunner of American rap.

As singjay their melodic style are often referred to such Deejays due, which often fluctuate during her presentation between rap and the actual singing. Sizzla , for example, is a representative of this style .


In 2006, Armin Wirth , DJ and operator of a dance electronic shop for disc jockeys, was prohibited by a court order from the Leipzig Regional Court from using the word "Deejay" for advertising and marketing, in particular the representation and use of the word on websites and the designation of audio / Hi-Fi products. A competitor had claimed to be the owner of all trademark rights to the term "Deejay". The 14th civil senate of the Dresden Higher Regional Court, as the higher authority, determined in 2007 that the term “deejay” must be kept clear and can be used by anyone.

Individual evidence

  1. Timothy White: Catch a Fire, Hannibal Verlag, 8th edition 2009, p. 307
  2. ^ Judgment of the Leipzig Regional Court of February 8, 2005 - Az .: 5 O 146/05
  3. ^ Judgment of the Dresden Higher Regional Court of January 9, 2007 - Az .: 14 U 1958/06