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Reggae listed in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Reggae listed in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
photo credit: Semiyah Photography 2017

Having originated within a cultural space that was home to marginalized groups, mainly in Western Kingston, the Reggae music of Jamaica is an amalgam of numerous musical influences, including earlier Jamaican forms as well as Caribbean, North American and Latin strains. In time, Neo-African styles, soul and rhythm and blues from North America were incorporated into the element, gradually transforming Ska into Rock Steady and then into Reggae. While in its embryonic state Reggae music was the voice of the marginalized, the music is now played and embraced by a wide cross-section of society, including various genders, ethnic and religious groups. 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. 

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Last modified on Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:02

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