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Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broader sense to refer to most types of Jamaican music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady. Reggae is based on a rhythmic style characterized by accents on the off-beat, known as the skank. Reggae is normally slower than ska but faster than rocksteady. Reggae usually accents the second and fourth beat in each bar, with the rhythm guitar also either emphasising the third beat or holding the chord on the second beat until the fourth is played. It is mainly this "third beat," its speed and the use of complex bass lines that differentiated reggae from rock steady, although later styles incorporated these innovations separately.
Reggae: Bob Marley, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Julian Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Inner Circle, Peter Tosh, Peter Broggs, Black Uhuru, Black Slate, The Abyssinians, Israel Vibration, Alborosie, Katchafire, Eek-A-Mouse, Jah Shaka, Jah Roots, Sean Paul, Matisyahu, The Rastafarians, Roots Radics, Sean Kingston, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff, Collie Buddz, Beres Hammond, Prince Lincoln Thompson, Prince Far I, Kiddus I, Ijahman Levi, I-Roy, Don Carlos, SOJA Aka Soldiers Of Jah Army, UB40, Aswad, Culture, Capleton, Burning Spear, Yellowman, Gyptian, The Ethiopians, Cornell Campbell, Sanchez, Johnny Clarke, Johnny Osbourne, Sizzla, Half Pint, Junior Reid, Big Youth, Alpha Blondy, Augustus Pablo, King Tubby, Buju Banton, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Everton Blender, Junior Kelly, Gregory Isaacs, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Steel Pulse, Horace Andy, Max Romeo, Yami Bolo, Dennis Brown, Hugh Mundell, Jacob Miller, The Pioneers, Bunny Wailer, Bunny Lee, Antidoping, Khady Black, The Gladiators, Joseph Hoo Kim, and Ini Kamoze.
by Paul Wall Da People's Champ October 25, 2009
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quite simply, reggae is a soulful Carribean form of rock'n'roll. Inspired by American soul, ska, calypso and other Carribean music styles, reggae is usually in a laid back arrangement, relaxed and based on guitars. Reggae was invented in Jamaica but there are other performers in other countries that perform reggae. Many bands in various other rock styles have written reggae-influenced songs. Many reggae songs have scored international success over the past 25 years or so. Reggae is usually about island life, celebrating life in spite of poverty and oppression, sunshine, peace, racial equality, sometimes "ganja" and sometimes Rastafari.

Some world-wide reggae hits:

"Tomorrow People" - Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
"Can You Be Loved" - Bob Marley and the Wailers
"Bad Boys (Theme from COPS)" - Inner Circle
"Red Red Wine" - UB40
"Pass the Dutchie" - Musical Youth
"Smoke Two Joints" - the Togues (sp?)
"Electric Avenue" - Eddy Grant

and some reggae and reggae-inspired hits from artists in other genres:

"I Shot the Sheriff" - Eric Clapton
"Down Under" - Men at Work
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" - Culture Club
"The Tide is High" - Blondie
"Bobo Tempo" - Huey Lewis and the News
"Heart" - Nick Lowe

and many others, too numerous to list here.
by Starpunk November 17, 2006
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Reggae-An evolved ska sound from Jamaica. There are many different types of Reggae (all of witch are gr8) like roots - a heavy politically motivated style, concious - a more modern beat and sound, toasting- almost raping over an old reggae lp, dub- often intrumental hard beats.Love and harmony a softer loving slow jams with a reggae beat. Reggae is a rasta thing (mainly).
Here are the genres of reggae.
Roots Reggae- culture, Peter Tosh, the Wailers, Burning Spear, The Abbyssinians too name a handful
Concious Reggae- Buju Banton, Sizzla, Capelton
Toasting Raggae- U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth
Dub Reggae-Sly and Robbie, Lee Perry, King Tubby
Love and Harmony Reggae- Gregory Issacs, Culture, Bob Marley.reggae

by jah jac bastian June 18, 2006
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The best genre of music to exist. I really have a thing for doom metal and ska, but reggae beats em to it. It really does. Dont knock it till yo try it

Bob Marley, TOK, Sanchez, Nativos, Sean paul?, Sublime etc.
MTV freak: EW Reggae!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sane Person- Why didnt I listen to Bob Marley earlier?
by arielthealien September 26, 2005
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The term reggae, in a proper sense, only covers the period in Jamaican music from 1969 to 1979 (or 1985 depending on opinion).

However in today's vernacular, the term has come to refer to all Jamaican music from the development of ska in the early 1960s up until today.

It also refers to music played in the Jamaican reggae styles elsewhere in the world.

Sub-genres and related genres include: Ska, Early or Skinhead Reggae, Roots Reggae, Dub, Nyabinghi Reggae, Lover's Rock, Dancehall, Rumble, Ragga, and Rocksteady.
Reggae music is the best music!
by indiefan08 November 27, 2008
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quite simply, reggae is a soulful Carribean form of rock'n'roll. Inspired by American soul, ska, calypso and other Carribean music styles, reggae is usually in a laid back arrangement, relaxed and based on guitars. Reggae was invented in Jamaica but there are other performers in other countries that perform reggae. Many bands in various other rock styles have written reggae-influenced songs. Many reggae songs have scored international success over the past 25 years or so. Reggae is usually about island life, celebrating life in spite of poverty and oppression, sunshine, peace, racial equality, sometimes "ganja" and sometimes Rastafari.
Some world-wide reggae hits:

"Tomorrow People" - Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
"Can You Be Loved" - Bob Marleyand the Wailers
"Bad Boys (Theme from COPS)" - Inner Circle
"Red Red Wine" - UB40
"Pass the Dutchie" - Musical Youth
"Smoke Two Joints" - the Togues (sp?)
"Electric Avenue" - Eddy Grant

and some reggae and reggae-inspired hits from artists in other genres:

"I Shot the Sheriff" - Eric Clapton
"Down Under" - Men at Work
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" - Culture Club
"The Tide is High" - Blondie
"Bobo Tempo" - Huey Lewis and the News
"Heart" - Nick Lowe

and many others, too numerous to list here.

by Starpunk November 08, 2006
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music dat u usually toke 2.
a way 2 express urself.
reggae is love<3
by irie<3 January 20, 2009
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Music which turns people on!
Bob Marley is the Ultimate Reggae master....FACT
by Joanna Mauger May 25, 2007
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