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UNESCO has included reggae in the list of masterpieces of cultural heritage. This was requested by Jamaica

Bob Marley would be appreciated.

One of the most prominent representatives of the genre is Bob Marley. Getty Photos

UNESCO announced the inclusion of the musical genre of reggae in the list of masterpieces of oral and intangible cultural heritage of mankind.

The organization at the United Nations called the homeland of reggae Jamaica a country with a “mixture of musical influences,” including from the Caribbean islands, as well as North and Latin America. UNESCO recalled that elements of soul, rhythm and blues and neo-African style became part of the genre, and noted that major reggae festivals are held around the world.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Reggae was originally a marginal voice, but now this music covers a wide cross section of society, including various genders, ethnic and religious groups.[/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Reggie contributed to the international discourse on injustice, resistance, love and humanity. This emphasizes that the genre is developing in the socio-political, emotional and spiritual terms.[/perfectpullquote] [perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]The main social functions of reggae – the ability to comment on a socially important topic and the way to praise God – have not changed, and the genre itself has become the voice of everyone.[/perfectpullquote]
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Reggae on the UNESCO list was requested by the Jamaican authorities. Culture Minister Olivia Grange called the event a great achievement for the country.

Unlike the more famous UNESCO World Heritage List, which includes the pyramids of Giza or the Taj Mahal, the list of masterpieces of oral and intangible cultural heritage includes elements and practices from different cultures that deserve recognition. Or, for example, they are endangered and require urgent protection.

In total, the “intangible” list contains 491 points from 117 countries. Russia is represented by the cultural space and oral creativity of Semeykh , the Old Believers of Transbaikalia, and the Yakut heroic epic “ Olonkho ”.

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