- a style of Jamaican popular music blending blues, calypso, and rock-'n'-roll, characterized by a strong syncopated rhythm and lyrics of social protest.
Origin of reggae
Examples from the Web for reggae
Context: Last words the reggae legend said to his son Ziggy, after telling him he had a song for him.Tupac’s ‘F*ck You’ to a Cop and the Best Last Words
May 27, 2014
Well, he does a reggae rap while wearing a bandana on his head.It’s Been 20 Years Since Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling Joined the Mickey Mouse Club
November 15, 2013
Below, British band Massive Attack performed with guest singers Liz Fraser (of Cocteau Twins) and reggae legend Horace Andy.Nothing New Under the Sun
October 3, 2013
The track opens with glitchy lo-fi distortion and reggae crooning.Praise ‘Yeezus’: Kanye West’s New Album Is an Eclectic Tour de Force
June 15, 2013
Around the same time, she became romantically involved with Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley.Who Is Lauryn Hill? The Singer After the Fugees, Seclusion, Tax Issues
July 30, 2012
- a type of West Indian popular music having four beats to the bar, the upbeat being strongly accented
Word Origin and History for reggae
1968, Jamaican English (first in song title "Do the Reggay" by Toots & the Maytals), perhaps [OED, Barnhart] related to rege-rege "a quarrel, protest," literally "ragged clothes," variant of raga-raga, alteration and reduplication of English rag (n.).