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.