Reggae Music Added To Global Cultural Heritage List
Earlier this week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added reggae music to its collection of “intangible cultural heritage” deeming it worthy of protection and promotion.
The decision was made at the 13th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in the republic of Mauritius following a strong lobby and advocacy by the Government of Jamaica, led by the Minister of Culture Olivia Grange.
UNESCO said the genre’s “contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual”.
Jamaica’s nomination was supported by more than 190 state parties in attendance at the meeting including Cuba and Palestine.
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