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Raggamuffin (or ragga) is a kind of reggae rap that includes digitized backing instrumentation. It is a form of dancehall, and has been popular since the middle of the 1980s; "(Under Me) Sleng Teng" (Wayne Smith; 1985) is usually recognized as the first ragga song. The instrumentation is usually behind dub singing, which is similar to rapping in its focus on rhythmic, assonating and rhyming words.

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.
The name was used early on in album titles by Asher D & Daddy Freddy - "Raggamuffin Hip-Hop" as well as the Daddy Freddy songs "Ragga House" with Simon Harris or "Ragga Rock" with Led Zeppelin.
#raggamuffin #dancehall #instrumentation #ragga #kingston
by Sarah B January 07, 2006
A homeless or poverty-stricken child. Usually refers to those kids you see in movies set in the 1800's, with those gloves that are cut off at the finger-tips and that wear those beret-like caps. Usually brown-haired and big-eyed.
"Pwease, sir! Spare a doime for my medicine moneys! *COUGH! HACK! SPLUTTER!*"
by B-Drac December 13, 2003
a dirty child
alex is a ragga muffin
#drity #child #nasty #muddy #sloppy #unkempt
by sheilagh gibson October 21, 2008
a word some rastas use to call people instead of their names
Police pull mi ova talkin bout him smell bud

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
#raggamuffin #raggaemuffin #rasta mon #buddah #nugget
by whiteboydreadshaha May 04, 2011
Its an old fashioned 'chav'. It's a sort of person who gets away with everything and is hated by adults.
God that lad over there is a raggamuffin!!
#chav #chavette #teens #louths #youths
by Just Luisa and Christoph May 24, 2010
anyone who lives in trash can, uses mcdonalds burger wrappers for blankets at night, drinks from puddles, and/or chooses to dress in such a way that makes them look sloppy/disheveled.
Nice sweatpants you raggity-ass raggamuffin

Hey you know that girl Ashley?
#bum #homeless #disheveled #dirty #trendy
by numberr2 June 26, 2009
Apache Indian is the stage name of reggae dee jay Steven Kapur. He introduced bhangra raggamuffin also known as bhangramuffin - to the World with his first album "No Reservations" , which featured rapper Tim Dog and spawned the massive hit "Boomshackalak".

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.

...Beca the love a where me have gal fe you only
Raggamuffin love a fe the young lady...

-Your my raggamuffin baby girl-
#raggamuffin #ragamuffin #apache indian #indian #reggae #music
by =-) January 11, 2006
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