United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared reggae music as an international treasure that must be safeguarded.
The music, which is known for its advocacy for social justice, peace and love, was declared a treasure after Jamaica applied for its inclusion on the list in 2018.
In the United Nations (UN) meeting that was held on the island of Mauritius, there were about 40 proposals under consideration. “Its 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 said in a statement. Reggae was competing for inclusion alongside Bahamian strawcraft, South Korean wrestling, Irish hurling and perfume making in the southern French city of Grasse.
Born in the late 1960s in Kingston Jamaica, reggae was known for its unique style that was synonymous with the struggles of the low class people in society. Later in the years the music advanced with famous legends like Bob Marley with his hit song No Woman No Cry and Burning Spear with his Slavery Days of 1975.
The music grew and spread across the world mostly resonating with the lower class members of society. Reggae lovers usually adhere to a specific lifestyle that requires to keep dread locks and eat foods that are cooked naturally without any elements of modernism.
Meanwhile, Correspondent earlier shared nine Nigerian musicians who are changing the sound of music worldwide. In Nigeria, there are exceptional musicians whose peculiar genres of music have gotten a general wave of acceptance all over the nation.
These singers have their songs steeped in the culture, identity and socio-political themes that characterise the Nigerian society.