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Reggae is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. Although strongly influenced by traditional African, American Jazz and old-time R&B, Reggae owes its direct origins to the progressive development of Ska and Rocksteady in 1960s Jamaica. An important factor in this development was the influence of Rastafari, with Rasta drummers like Count Ossie bringing their influence of rhythmic patterns into the music. The Wailers, a band started by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1963, is perhaps the most recognized band that made the transition through all three stages of early Jamaican popular music: Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. Other significant Reggae pioneers include Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker and Ken Boothe.


  279  Contemporary Reggae
  140  Dancehall
  102  Dub music
  1  Dub Poetry
  126  Dub Reggae
  36  Dub-Hop
  44  Lovers Rock
  5  Political Reggae
  14  Ragga
  324  Reggae
  18  Reggae (pending categorization)
140  Reggae Fusion
  8  Reggae Gospel
  4  Reggae Trip-Hop
  254  Reggae-Pop
  25  Rocksteady
  111  Roots Reggae
  147  Ska
  38  Ska Punk
  69  Smooth Reggae
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