Reggae added to UN list of cultural treasures
The UN has added reggae music to its list of cultural treasures. Jamaica applied for recognition of its musical tradition at a meeting in Mauritius. “It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world,” said its culture minister, Olivia Grange.
Unesco – the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – said: “[Reggae’s] 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.”