Reggae facts for kids

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Stylistic origins
Cultural origins Late 1960s Jamaica, particularly Kingston
Typical instruments
Mainstream popularity Early 1970s onward, varied
Derivative forms
  • Roots reggae
  • lovers rock
  • reggae en Español
Fusion genres
  • Reggaeton
  • reggae fusion
  • seggae
  • 2 tone
  • samba reggae
  • reggaestep
Regional scenes
  • Africa
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • Guyana
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Panama
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United States
Other topics
  • Music of Jamaica
  • list of reggae musicians
Bob Marley and the Wailers, 1980

Reggae is a music genre that began in Jamaica in the late 1960s. Most music from Jamaica comes from the reggae style.

The music has regular chops on the back beat (off-beat). These are called “skank”, and are played by a rhythm guitarist. The bass drum hits on the second and fourth beat of each measure (each bar). These are called the “drop”. Reggae bands also use a bass, a keyboard or organ, and horns.

Reggae music is often used by Rastafarian groups. They are usually songs about religion, love and social problems. Bob Marley (1945-1981) was a famous reggae artist.

Famous instruments in reggae music are drums, guitar, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

Reggae was started in 1960 but became famous in the 1970s.

Reggae songs often have lots of backing singers.

Rapper Snoop Dogg released an album of reggae music in 2013.

Some recent songs, like Cheerleader and Rude are reggae.

Reggae is related to ska.

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