Reg­gae added to UN list of cul­tural trea­sures

The Guardian Weekly - - Global Report -

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.”

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