Diwali Riddim

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. This has 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.

Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedMay 21, 2002
May 25, 2010 (Gold Edition)
GenreDancehall, reggae fusion
LabelGreensleeves Records
ProducerSteven "Lenky" Marsden
Various artists chronology
Hard Drive
Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Hard Drive Pt. 2
Alternative Cover
Gold Edition, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores

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," "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)," "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."[2]

List of songs using Diwali Riddim

Artist Song Album
Amr DiabLealy NaharyLealy Nahary
Anthony BGirls BussGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Ashley TisdaleNot Like ThatHeadstrong
AssassinRuffest & TuffestGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Beenie ManThat's RightGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Beenie ManWar is over
Bounty Killer feat. Wayne MarshallSuffererGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Bling DawgAll Right for You
Brick & LaceLove Is WickedLove Is Wicked
Buju BantonShala La
Captain JackCapitanoGreatest Hits
CecileRespect yuh WifeGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Crissy DMake it Real GoodGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Danny English & Egg NogParty TimeGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
DiwaliXM24 VersionGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Elephant ManElephant MessageHigher Level / Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
General DegreeInnaGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
HawkeyeBubble & Wine
LumideeNever Leave You (slightly altered from the original riddim), produced by DJ Tedsmooth & TrendsettaAlmost Famous/Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali (Gold Edition)
Madd AnjuDem ago Hard
Mega BantonIt's OKGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Mr ReggaenaratorArt de rue police (police freak)
RihannaPon de ReplayMusic of the Sun
Sauti SolShake Yo Bam BamLive and Die In Afrika
Sean PaulGet BusyDutty Rock,
Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali (Gold Edition)
Spragga BenzDa One
ShaktiAy Yo!
Sheikh Terra & the Soul Salah CrewDirty Kuffar
Tanya StephensCan't Touch Me No MoreGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
T.O.K.Galang GalUnknown Language / Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Wayne MarshallOvercomeGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Wayne WonderNo Letting GoNo Holding Back
ZumjayZumjay is my NameGreensleeves Rhythm Album #27: Diwali
Spragga BenzGonna Fight
Tiwa SavageWithout My Heart Ft. Don JazzyOnce Upon a Time
WizkidLondon GirlEmpire Mates State of Mind
M.O.G. (Men Of God)Let Him Go
OmarionW4W Word For Word
Odunsi (The Engine)In The Morning
Tory LanezCome Back To Me


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