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Jamming with early top-40-reggae-music-hits-from-up-and-coming-artists

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“#Reggae” comes from the term “rege-rege” which means “rags” or “ragged clothes”, and this gives you your first clue into the story behind #reggae music. When it started out in Jamaica around the late #1960s, reggae music was considered a rag-tag, hodge-podge of other musical styles, namely Jamaican #Mento and contemporary Jamaican #Ska music, along with American #jazz and rhythm & blues, something like what was coming out of New Orleans at the time. Most listeners didn’t even distinguish reggae from #Jamaican #dancehall music or the slowed down version of ska music known as #Rocksteady, until possibly when the band Toots and the #Maytals came along.  There songs served as a sort of public notice that a new style of music had been born and was staking its claim on the musical frontier.