UNESCO adds reggae to global cultural heritage list

Reggae music has found its groove on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures.

UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the music genre to its collection of “intangible cultural heritage” deemed worthy of protection and promotion on Thursday.

Reggae music’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 said.

The musical style, which originated in Jamaica, joined a list of cultural traditions that includes the horsemanship of the Spanish Riding School

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