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Originating Location: Jamaica

Originating Era: 1960s

Key Artists[]

  • Bob Marley
  • Johnny Clarke
  • Horace Andy
  • Barrington Levy
  • Lincoln Thompson
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry
  • King Tubby
  • Coxsone Dodd

Key Albums[]

  • Lincoln Thompson - Humanity
  • Lee "Scratch" Perry - Double Seven
  • Bob Marley - Rastaman Vibration

Genre Description[]

Reggae is an offshoot of ska, and is a bit slower than ska is. Like ska, it's got many different forms and continues to evolve into genres like Dancehall. It's also become sort of a house-genre for the rastafarian movement, and as such, there has been a lot of controversy about it, over the references to marijuana and homophobia in the lyrics.

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