Reggae #Facts. Rege-Rege. It is believed that the word “reggae” comes from a Jamaican slang term “rege-rege,” which means “ragged” or “raggedy” because it is a mix of other styles sewn together. Mento. #Jamaican Independence. Ska to Rocksteady. Rocksteady to Reggae. The Sound. The Pioneers. Bob Marley.Reggae is a music genre that began in Jamaica in the late 1960s. Most music from Jamaica comes from the reggae style.The music has regular chops on the backbeat (off-beat). These are called “skank”, and are played by a rhythm #guitarist. The bass drum hits on the second and fourth beats of each measure (each bar). These are called the “drop”. #Reggae bands also use a bass, a keyboard or organ, and horns.#Reggae music is often used by #Rastafarian groups. They are usually songs about religion, love and social problems. #Bob Marley (1945-1981) was a famous reggae artist.Famous instruments in reggae #music are #drums, #guitar, saxophone, #trumpet, and trombone. Reggae was started in #1960 but became famous in the 1970s.Reggae songs often have lots of backing singers. #Rapper Snoop Dogg released an album of reggae music in 2013.Some recent songs, like Cheerleader and Rude, are reggae.