Toppa Top 10: Diwali Rhythms!

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November 5, 2010

1. Various Artists, Diwali riddim (Jamaica, prod. by Lenky)

By definition! Inspired by an unnamed Bollywood rhythm, the syncopated handclaps of Jamaican producer Lenky’s signature production launched hits for Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder and Lumidee and a whole mini-wave of Indostyle dancehall beats followed, including the Nine Night, Coolie dance, Hindu Storm and Bollywood riddims. Also allegedly inspired MIA to try her hand at leftfield dancehall beatsand promptedย  a UK Punjabi version from Rishi Rich, Juggy D and a then-unknown artist named Jay Sean.