The Rastafarians and millions of reggae music lovers around the world have every reason to smile after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the music genre to a list of international cultural treasures.
According to UNESCO, reggae music is worthy of protecting and promoting due to its “intangible cultural heritage” that has been in existence in decades since the early 1960s to date.
Reggae music has its strong roots in Jamaica from the 1960s where legends such as Toots and Maytals, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, Burnie Wailer, Joseph Hill of the Mighty Cultures among others ruled the airwaves.
According to UNESCO, reggae is a “cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual” and that “it has penetrated all corners of the world” according to a Jamaican spokesperson.
Reggae also became popular in the United States and majorly flourished in the United Kingdom due to the presence of many migrants from Jamaica after the end of World War II.
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