Reggae is on Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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December 3, 2018
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On November 29th, 2018, under nomination file No. 01398, Jamaica's Minister of Culture, Gender and Entertainment Olivia Grange accepted that Reggae is to be included in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. What a great celebration, UNESCO stated: 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. 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." (source: UNESCO). 

UNESCO said Thursday the Jamaican Reggae 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.

The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage says in articles 11 - 15 that Jamaica as a member state shall: 
- "take the necessary measures to ensure the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage present in its territory" (Art. 11a) 
- "draw up, in a manner geared to its own situation, one or more inventories of the intangible cultural heritage present in its territory" (Art. 12.1) 
- "ensure the safeguarding, development and promotion of the intangible cultural heritage present in its territory" (Art. 13) 
 - "ensure recognition of, respect for, and enhancement of the intangible cultural heritage in society" (Art. 14) and 
- "endeavour to ensure the widest possible participation of communities, groups and, where appropriate, individuals that create, maintain and transmit such heritage, and to involve them actively in its management" (Art. 15) (source:UNESCO)