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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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 Born in London, Hutchings spent most of his childhood in Barbados before returning to his birthplace for high school, but this early immersion in reggae, calypso, and soca made a deep impact. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "British reedist Shabaka Hutchings brings his Caribbean-flavored jazz quartet Sons of Kemet to Chicago," 21 June 2018 Originally conceived by Kevin Lyman as an eclectic alternative rock festival, with a focus on punk, Warped has grown to include a multitude of genres, including metal, hip hop, reggae, pop and more. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Summer concerts in Phoenix: Eagles, Post Malone, Logic, Panic! at the Disco, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa," 15 June 2018 The local lineup also includes experimental hip-hop, reggae, funk and the third edition of the Trip Metal Fest. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music this weekend: Trip Metal Fest, Mollywop, Height Keech," 24 May 2018 Sixteen Candles, an ’80s cover band, and for a little reggae, Unity the Band. Joan Cary,, "Get your fill of creepy crawlies at Brookfield Zoo's new exhibit," 13 May 2018 For a little mood music, a reggae DJ will spin tunes from 1 to 5 p.m. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Paul Fish Company is setting up a one-day outdoor beach bar — complete with a beach," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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