Reggae Genre Overview
Reggae Music Description
Discogs uses the 'Reggae' term as a catch-all genre to cover a number of styles from the Caribbean. It is a bit inacurate, as styles such as Junkanoo, Ska, and Rocksteady predate Jamaican Reggae, and Calypso and Soca were created and evolved on a different island (Trinidad and Tobago). It was chosen as, and should be understood to be, a compromise, as something that most people would understand.
Reggae music itself is a style that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.
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