reggae(redirected from Reggae music)
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Popular music of Jamaican origin having elements of Calypso and rhythm and blues, usually with an accent placed on the offbeat.
[Jamaican English, ultimately from rege-rege, ragged clothing, probably from rag.]
(Pop Music) a type of West Indian popular music having four beats to the bar, the upbeat being strongly accented
[C20: of West Indian origin]
a style of Jamaican music blending blues, calypso, and rock and characterized by a strongly syncopated rhythm.
[< Jamaican E, resp. of reggay (introduced in the song “Do the Reggay” (1968) by Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, who appar. coined the word)]
A style of pop music that originated among black people in the West Indies, with a strongly accented upbeat. Popularized by such performers as Bob Marley (1945–81), reggae is often political in content, and is associated particularly with Rastafarianism.