UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2018
Description: Having originated within a cultural space home to marginalised groups, mainly in Western Kingston, the Reggae Music of Jamaica is an amalgam of musical influences, including earlier Jamaican forms as well as Caribbean, North American and Latin strains. Its basic functions - as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic experience, and a means of praising God - remain unchanged, and the music continues to act as a voice for all. Students are taught how to play it from an early age, and festivals and concerts are central to ensuring its viability.
UNESCO, the world body's cultural and scientific agency, has added reggae music to its collection of "intangible cultural heritage" deemed worthy of protection and promotion, ... Read more »