Reggae Music Genres Family Tree

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Ska 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.

Bands: Prince Buster, Skatalites, Desmond Dekker


Rocksteady is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around 1966.[1] 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

Bands: the Techniques, the Paragons, the Heptones and the Gaylads

Roots Reggae

Roots reggae is a subgenre of reggae that deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of Africans and those in the African Diaspora, including the spiritual side of Rastafari, black liberation, revolution and the honouring of God, called Jah by Rastafarians.

Bands: The Abyssinians, Johnny Clarke, Cornell Campbell, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Max Romeo


Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora.[1] A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, "Do the Reggay", was the first popular song to use the word reggae, effectively. naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience. Reggae is deeply linked to Rastafari, an Afrocentric religion

Bands: Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals Sly Dunbar

see also Bob Marley albums discography


Dub is an electronic musical style that grew out of reggae in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Bands: U-Roy, King Tubby, Lee Perry, Keith Hudson

Lovers Rock

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.

Bands: Ken Boothe, Johnny Nash


ragga is a subgenre of dancehall and reggae music. The instrumentals primarily consist of electronic music with heavy use of sampling.

Bands: Wayne Smith, Daddy Freddy and Asher D


Reggaeton is a modern style of popular music that originated in Puerto Rico during the late 1990s.

Bands: LIT killah, Tiago PZK, Duki, Emilia, and Maria Becerra

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