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Reggae music is a genre that first took form during the late 1960s in the country of Jamaica. It is a genre that is defined by its distinctive rhythm, instrumentation and lyrical content.
Reggae is an amalgamation of many musical genres; the most prominent of which are African music and American rhythm and blues. Reggae also took influence from early ska, which in itself is an adaptation and evolution of traditional Jamaican folk music called mento.
Reggae's trademark sound is from its use of off-beats and syncopated rhythms. In layman's terms this means that reggae music frequently puts the accent on beats that are not typically accented. This gives reggae its swinging rhythm sound. Most reggae music is centered around its beat.
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