Reggae is a genre of music that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. It is characterized by its strong beat, typically played on drums and bass guitar, and the use of the offbeat. The lyrics of reggae songs often focus on themes of social and political commentary, as well as Rastafarianism, which is a religious and cultural movement that originated in Jamaica. Reggae music is often associated with Jamaica, and many famous reggae musicians, such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Toots and the Maytals, are from Jamaica. The genre has also been influential in the development of other genres such as ska, dub, and dancehall.