from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Popular music of Jamaican origin having elements of calypso and rhythm and blues, characterized by a strongly accentuated offbeat.
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- n. A form of music originating in Jamaica and associated with Rastafarianism, featuring a heavy bass line, percussive rhythm guitar on the offbeat, often with close vocal harmonies.
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- n. popular music originating in the West Indies; repetitive bass riffs and regular chords played on the off beat by a guitar
Jamaican English, ultimately from rege-rege, ragged clothing, probably from rag1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)