Ragga is the short form of raggamuffin, a term which held its present musical connotations since the late 1980s or beginning of 1990s. The term raggamuffin is derived from the Middle English personal name "Ragamuffyn", which was usually employed in an insulting manner towards street children. The word later came to mean a person who is shabbily clothed and dirty, often applied to orphans. It was used in this way to describe Kingston ghetto youth, and the youth themselves took on the term to describe their new music.
From mi look inna him face and know this bwoy have a plan
Juju touch mi pon my shoulda seh di bwoy a demon
First ting him waan to know is where dat smell is comin from
Are you smokin marijuana and I said yes I am
True him seh some man trance seh it cost a couple grand
Him seh mek mi see di license and registration
And where are yuh headed what's yuh occupation
Dun know seh raggamuffin nah go answer question
Hey you know that girl Ashley?
Apache Indian merged raggamuffin with Indian music as well as influences from mainstream pop and hip-hop. Born in Handsworth, Birmingham, England, Apache Indian started a trend that has found a huge following.
He is the only Asian to date to have seven Top 40 Hits on the mainstream British charts. Stylistically, Apache Indian moved from mixing Indian music with raggamuffin and hip hop to more traditional forms of reggae on his most recent album, "Karma".Apache Indian has recorded with Boyz II Men, Blackstreet, Wreckx 'n' Effect, UB40, US chart topper Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, General Levy, Brian and Tony Gold, Shaggy, Yami Bolo, Boy George, A.R. Rahman, Sameera Singh. Asha Bhosle and Pras of the Fugees.
Raggamuffin love a fe the young lady...
-Your my raggamuffin baby girl-