Reggae History

Reggae is a relatively new music genre. With its origin in Jamaica, this music genre started gaining roots in the 1960s -- as the popular Jamaican dance music. In its formatory stage, it was highly influenced by traditional mento and calypso music, American jazz and rhythm and blues.

Reggae is basically an amalgamation of rhythm and blues, jazz, mento (a dance music), calypso, African music, as well as other genres.

SKA is considered the origin and precursor of Reggae.
The Wailers, a band started by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1963, is perhaps the most recognized band that made the transition through all three stages of early Jamaican popular music: ska, rocksteady and reggae. (Source:

List of Reggae Music Festival in United States

  • Yoga Reggae Festival, Washington, DC
  • Chicago Reggae Festival, Chicago, Illinois
  • Midwest Reggae Festival, Nelson, Ohio
  • Reggae Rising, Humboldt County, California
  • Reggae on the River, Humboldt County, California
  • Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Mendocino County, California
  • JazzReggae Festival @ UCLA, California
  • California Roots Music and Arts Festival, Monterey, California