music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s

Reggae is a music genre that began in Jamaica in the late 1960s. Most music from Jamaica comes from the reggae style.[1]

Bob Marley and the Wailers, 1980

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.[2]


  1. Stephen Davis. "Reggae." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web.16 Feb. 2016.
  2. "Snoop Dogg evolves into Snoop Lion". New York Daily News. Retrieved 10 September 2017.