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

Examples of reggae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the late 1960s, the Wailers and other musicians, such as Joe Higgs, Jimmy Cliff and Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals, slowed the rhythm to a distinctive loping pattern, giving birth to reggae. Washington Post, "Bunny Wailer, one of the founders of reggae music, dies at 73," 3 Mar. 2021 Forming the legendary reggae in band the early 60s with Tosh and Marley, Wailer was known for his percussion in vocals. Mia Uzzell, Essence, "Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer Has Died At 73," 2 Mar. 2021 Grab a bite at the restaurant and take in some live reggae. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, "Discover Why Anguilla’s Idyllic Off-Shore Islands Offer A Breathtaking Beach Escape," 9 Apr. 2021 The longtime bastion of Latino culture is known for live music and DJ sets of cumbia, perreo, reggae, punk and more. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, "Bar owners weigh reopening as Los Angeles moves to orange tier," 3 Apr. 2021 Raised with a Jamaican immigrant father, bandleader Wain McFarlane and a group of his siblings and cousins (including Greg, Juju and Julita) turned the music of their childhood into Minnesota’s most successful reggae band. Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune, "30 essential Black musicians who defined Minnesota's sound," 27 Feb. 2021 Kingston was designated a UNESCO Creative City of Music in December 2015 for giving the world some six genres: mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, and dancehall. Travel + Leisure, "Jamaica’s Rich Literary Legacy Is Finally Getting the Global Recognition It Deserves," 14 Mar. 2021 In addition to his wife, survivors three children, reggae musician Carlton Pride; Dion Pride, a country singer; and Angela Pride; four sibilings; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Washington Post, "Charley Pride, first major Black star in country music, dies at 86," 12 Dec. 2020 Several types of beans are available, including a collaboration with local reggae musician Carlos Jones. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Gift guide: 17 Greater Cleveland coffee roasters with beans to brew at home," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of reggae

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for reggae

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“Reggae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reggae

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

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