CULTURE Reggae music put on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

CULTURE

Reggae music put on UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

AP

10:59, November 30, 2018

Reggae music has been inscribed on the prized intangible cultural heritage list of UNESCO, the UN's cultural agency.

The music combines Caribbean, Latin and North American influences. [Photo: AP]

The music combines Caribbean, Latin and North American influences. (Photo: AP)

UNESCO said Thursday the Jamaican music is unique because it represents "a vehicle of social commentary" and "continues to provide a voice for all" since it was first created by marginalized groups, mainly in the western part of Jamaica's capital of Kingston.

It said the music — which combines Caribbean, Latin and North American influences — provides a "cathartic experience" when played and it is also used as a means of praising God.

The intangible heritage list aims to improve the visibility of non-physical traditions and know-how of communities around the world.

UNESCO committees are holding their latest round of heritage inscriptions in the Mauritius capital of Port Louis through Saturday.

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