reg·gae | \ ˈre-(ˌ)gā , 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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La Tribu de Abrante, a high-energy, 12-piece fusion orchestra, has blended the sounds of bomba with reggaeton, reggae and hip-hop. New York Times, "Bomba: The Enduring Anthem of Puerto Rico," 7 July 2018 Conceived by founder Kevin Lyman in 1995 as an alternative rock festival with a focus on punk, the tour has grown to include metal, hip-hop, reggae, pop and more. Anne Dunlap,, "Vans Warped Tour: Tickets on sale for last Orlando stop," 18 May 2018 There's a little reggae, a little Cuban flavor, and a lot of tipsy on this jam., "New Music This Week: Camila Cabello Drinks Sangria, Jessie Reyes Racks Up A Body Count & More," 18 May 2018 Cocktails are made with fresh juices and pressed sugarcane, and live music tunes include classic Caribbean and reggae. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Bahama Breeze will replace strip club in Oakland Park," 8 May 2018 Matisyahu is well-known around the world for laid-back reggae music. Anne Nickoloff,, "LaureLive adds acts to 2018 festival lineup: Stephen Marley, Matisyahu, more," 20 Mar. 2018 Fayuca Gabo Fayuca and his bandmates filter their reggae through Latin alternative, ska-punk and a hint of prog with Captain Squeegee's Danny Torgersen on trumpet. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix local music picks: Anarbor, Eyes Set to Kill, Fayuca, Jared & the Mill, Bear Ghost," 7 July 2018 Local legends and internationally renowned musicians alike will play a fusion of Latin jazz on Friday, smooth jazz and reggae on Saturday, and straight-ahead jazz with subtle African influences on Sunday. Alison Kuznitz,, "A Caribbean Flair Hits This Year's Greater Hartford Festival Of Jazz," 2 July 2018 One music video for reggae band UB40, in partnership with Virgin Holidays and Elite Island Resorts, targeted British visitors and was filmed entirely on Antigua post-hurricane. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Two monster hurricanes battered these Caribbean islands. Now, they’re back in business | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 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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