Reggae was never meant to live this long. When it arrived in the late Sixties (Toots and the Maytals' "Do the Reggay" in 1968 was the first song to use the term), it was one more domino propped up in front of the tumbling bones of mento, ska, and rocksteady. But when Rastas and revolutionaries began using the funky new sound to sing about the oppressed, a new subcategory seemed warranted. So people began calling it "roots reggae." If "reggae" described a style, why couldn't... More >>>