Reggae music originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s, drawing from earlier Jamaican music styles like ska and rocksteady. It’s characterized by its distinctive offbeat rhythm, syncopated guitar rhythms, and lyrics often focusing on social and political themes, spirituality, love, and empowerment. The genre gained international popularity through artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff. Reggae’s infectious rhythms and positive messages have made it a powerful vehicle for cultural expression and unity.