reg·​gae | \ ˈre-(ˌ)gā How to pronounce reggae (audio) , ˈrā-\

Definition of reggae

: popular music of Jamaican origin that combines native styles with elements of rock and soul music and is performed at moderate tempos with the accent on the offbeat

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African drumming, jazz, blues, neo-soul, gospel, rhythm and blues, and reggae music, exhibits, health screenings, two-on-two basketball tourney, art and crafts, food. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Six fun SF Bay Area ways to celebrate Juneteenth 2019," 6 June 2019 The Puerto Rican master of reggaeton came through in January with this track, a classic of the form, which taps the talents of Canadian rapper Snow, who’s known for his own reggae music, for a guest verse. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here Are Our Predictions for the Song of Summer 2019," 4 June 2019 The Jamaican team receives support from the Bob Marley Foundation, named for the late reggae legend and lifelong soccer fan. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Rock Star U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Makes World Cup," 15 Oct. 2018 Being raised by a Nigerian father and a mother with roots in Louisiana, Cozz was influenced by several genres of music, from reggae to rap. Victoria Hernandez,, "With 'Dreams,' rapper Cozz finds himself celebrating the West Coast," 8 June 2018 Enjoy beer and rum tasting, live reggae music, and, of course, lots and lots of beautiful, flamin’ hot jerk food., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 15 June 2018 Look forward to a wide range of musical performances ranging in genre from jazz to reggae to acoustic rock to bluegrass and more. Grace Dickinson,, "Taylor Swift, 'Star Wars' with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and other great events in Philadelphia, July 13-20," 12 July 2018 And take the Clarks Wallabee, associated with British Mods, Jamaican reggae, and Wu Tang. Samuel Hine, GQ, "The Flyest Shoes in Fashion Right Now All Cost Less Than $200," 24 Apr. 2018 Three years ago, Baltimore Center Stage drew crowds to the world premiere of a musical about reggae star Bob Marley. Tim Smith,, "Baltimore Center Stage celebrates the sounds of R&B record label in new production 'Soul: The Stax Musical'," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of reggae

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reggae

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: popular music that is originally from Jamaica and that combines native styles with elements of rock and soul music

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