Reggae emerged as romantic-themed rock-steady music, but was fired up by tensions and social protest, often violent, which took place in Jamaica in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Jamaicans will tell you that reggae means "comin' from de people," a phrase coined (as was the name reggae itself) by Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals. Their single 'Do The Reggay' which debuted in 1968, expresses a yearning for respect, self-identity, and affirmation.


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