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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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 Blue-collar immigrants from Europe, the South, and the Caribbean, including future reggae star Bob Marley, worked the assembly lines at the GM complex; their union paychecks sustained neighborhoods in Wilmington and its western suburbs. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Where steel and autos were made, builders plan warehouses for digital America," 13 Apr. 2018 More genre-hopping In the past, Twenty One Pilots have been known to genre-hop from track to track, blending various styles, including pop, reggae, rap and electronic, all in one album. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "5 Things We Want From Twenty One Pilots' New Album," 6 July 2018 But, with friends around and reggae blasting, Jasmine turned it into a party. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "HGTV's Jasmine Roth Shows How Easy It Is To Make Wood Transfer Wall Art," 12 Oct. 2018 Hair tools drone on like white noise machines, a rack of sequined clothes is wheeled in, music that can be best described as reggae-ish? Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 Ahead of the World Cup, the Iranian reggae band Abjeez released a song in support of allowing women into soccer stadiums. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "‘Let us be free’: Iranian women mount protest over stadium ban at World Cup match," 15 June 2018 Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park Tuesdays, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., July 17–August 21 Pack a picnic supper and make your way to the Elma Lewis Playhouse outdoor stage for the weekly R&B, reggae, and gospel concert series., "Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge," 2 June 2018 Bahama Breeze is filling its cups (and carefully rimming them with multicolored sugar) with the reggae punch — a mix of Bacardi Major Lazer Limited Edition Rum, triple sec, pineapple juice, strawberry and passion fruit. Lauren Delgado,, "Bahama Breeze's Reggae Fest promises special food, drink, music at restaurants," 29 June 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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