United Nations declares reggae a cultural heritage

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization designated reggae music as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity.”

“Its contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, sociopolitical, sensual and spiritual,” UNESCO said.

Jamaica had pushed for the rich music tradition to be listed as “intangible cultural heritage,” and as such, deemed worthy of protection under UNESCO.

Before the November vote, Jamaican Culture Minister Olivia Grange said that her country pushed for reggae to be added to the prestigious list as a “uniquely Jamaican” musical tradition that has touched communities across the globe.

“It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world,” Grande said.


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Yes rasta tulitambua kitambo.

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there is nothing to rejoice about reggae being appropriated by the UN.