UNESCO—the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization—yearly provides new entries to its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This yr, Jamaica submitted reggae for consideration, and UNESCO has accredited its inclusion, the BBC reports.
The record serves to doc parts of various cultures which might be deemed worthy of recognition and preservation. Jamaica’s utility listed the affect of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh, in addition to the modern success of Chronixx, as causes to incorporate reggae within the record. 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, socio-political, sensual and spiritual,” UNESCO stated. It added: “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.”