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Reggae is a direction of modern music that emerged in Jamaica in the late 1960s and has become widespread since the early 1970s.
Reggae can be both dance, relaxation and protest music at the same time, which follows from the traditions of African culture, in which rhythm, dance and music coexist with other phenomena and events. The line-up used is an electric guitar, a bass guitar, drums, an electric organ, and sometimes a group of wind instruments. The main feature of reggae is the leading role of rhythmic elements, mainly the bass guitar, the pattern of which forms the basis of the composition both rhythmically and melodiously (the parts of the other instruments are built around the bass part). Also in reggae it is noted: a moderate tempo, time signature - 4/4, accents in the accompaniment on the 2nd and 4th beats, breaks on high tones or timbers. The acclaimed king of reggae is singer and songwriter Bob Marley. Reggae songs based on Rastafarian ideology and saturated with the symbolism of this religious and philosophical trend gained great popularity, but songs about love, everyday problems, political, protest songs are no less popular among performers of the style.
In 2018 it was included in the UNESCO list of cultural heritage.