Definition of reggae in English:


Line breaks: reg¦gae
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛɡeɪ


[mass noun]
A style of popular music with a strongly accented subsidiary beat, originating in Jamaica. Reggae evolved in the late 1960s from ska and other local variations on calypso and rhythm and blues, and became widely known in the 1970s through the work of Bob Marley; its lyrics are much influenced by Rastafarian ideas.
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  • Smith grew up with gospel and reggae; Bob Marley and Yellowman in particular.
  • Its greatest exponent was Bob Marley who took reggae to a worldwide audience.
  • The boys like soul music and reggae - Aretha Franklin, Desmond Dekker, Marvin Gaye.


1960s: perhaps related to Jamaican English rege-rege 'quarrel, row'.

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