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Different Types Of Reggae Music

Different Types of Reggae Music, Yes there are or we could just call them sub-genres of Reggae music.

Reggae music was originated on a small island in the Caribbean called Jamaica.  This is a genre that is strongly associated with Jamaica, and that is because it did start there in the 1960s. (Read more about Reggae Music and Its Origin here)

Reggae music is the mother of Dancehall, Rocksteady, Ska and even Mento.

Dancehall Music
Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s. Initially, dancehall was a more sparse version of reggae than the roots style, which had dominated much of the 1970s.

In the mid-1980s, digital instrumentation became more prevalent, changing the sound considerably, with digital dancehall (or "ragga") becoming increasingly characterized by faster rhythms. (Read more about dancehall music here)

Rocksteady Music
Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around 1966.  A successor of ska and a precursor to reggae, rocksteady was the dominant style of music in Jamaica for nearly two years, performed by many of the artists who helped establish reggae. 

The term rocksteady comes from a popular (slower) dance style mentioned in the Alton Ellis song 'Rocksteady' that matched the new sound. (Read more about Rocksteady music here)

Ska Music
Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae.  It combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. Ska is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the offbeat.

It was developed in Jamaica in the 1960s when Prince Buster, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, and Duke Reid formed sound systems to play American rhythm and blues and then began recording their own songs. In the early 1960s, ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica and was popular with British mods.

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Mento Music
Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced Ska and Reggae music. Mento typically features acoustic instruments, such as acoustic guitar, banjo, hand drums, and the rhumba box (which is a large mbira in the shape of a box that can be sat on while played.) The rhumba box carries the bass part of the music. More info on Mento music here

Lovers Rock Reggae Music
Lovers rock is a style of reggae music noted for its romantic sound and content. While love songs had been an important part of reggae since the late 1960s, the style was given a greater focus and a name in London in the mid-1970s.

The roots of lovers rock lie in the last days of the rocksteady era and early days of reggae, with Jamaican and American singers such as Ken Boothe, Johnny Nash and John Holt enjoying international hits with versions of well-known love songs.

Dub Reggae Music
Dub is a genre of electronic music that grew out of reggae in the 1960s and is commonly considered a subgenre, though it has developed to extend beyond the scope of reggae. Read more about Dub Reggae Music here

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