UNESCO gives Reggae music protected status

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By Paulette Myrie

Reggae has officially received recognition by UNESCO as an international cultural treasure.

Reggae music originated in the ghettos of Jamaica in the 1960s and became popular by the likes of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Toots and the Maytals.

They sang of love, poverty and politics and put their lyrics to rhythm, keyboards and bass, to create the unique sound of reggae.

UNESCO, the United Nations Education, Science, and Culture organization included the popular Caribbean music genre on the basis of its contributions the global conversation on “issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity”.

The popular genre rose to prominence in the UK and the United States when Jamaican artists gained the backing of major labels.