✨🇯🇲🎶JAMAICA – Does Me Proud! ~ Jamaica’s Reggae Protected by U.N. | Recognised Cultural Treasure by UNESCO | Listed World Heritage🎶🇯🇲✨

“I did a blog post a few days ago, expressing the disappointment I had in the country of my parents birth, due to the reoccurring violence. However, when one does good? They should also be praised. So with that, I share this post. Proud ah yuh JAMAICAAAAA!!!”


Published on Nov 29, 2018


Jamaica’s Culture Minister Olivia Grange speaking on in Mauritius on the addition of Reggae music to the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica to its collection of “intangible cultural heritage” deemed worthy of protection and promotion. Official Statement from UNESCO Having originated within a cultural space that was home to marginalized groups, mainly in Western Kingston, the Reggae music of Jamaica is an amalgam of numerous musical influences, including earlier Jamaican forms as well as the Caribbean, North American and Latin strains. In time, Neo-African styles, soul and rhythm, and blues from North America were incorporated into the element, gradually transforming Ska into Rock Steady and then into Reggae. While in its embryonic state Reggae music was the voice of the marginalized, the music is now played and embraced by a wide cross-section of society, including various genders, ethnic and religious groups. Its contribution to the international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love, and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual. The basic social functions of the music – as a vehicle for social commentary, a cathartic practice, and a means of praising God – have not changed, and the music continues to act as a voice for all. Students are taught how to play the music in schools from early childhood to the tertiary level, and Reggae festivals and concerts such as Reggae Sumfest and Reggae Salute provide annual outlets, as well as an opportunity for understudy and transmission for upcoming artists, musicians, and other practitioners. Video courtesy of Clifton “Specialist” Dillon
 Lloyd Brown (Twitter & YouTube) asked an interesting question, 
“What does Reggae Music need protection from?”
Good question…

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