Reggae music declared cultural treasure

A style of music known as Reggae music has been given protected status as a global treasure by the UN’s cultural body UNESCO.

The music started in Jamaica in the 1960s. Since then it has spread across the world with its calls for social justice, peace and love.

The most famous reggae songwriter and performer, the late Bob Marley, became a global superstar with hits like “No Woman, No Cry” and “Get Up, Stand Up”.

In a statement UNESCO said reggae acts as a voice for all.

Reggae joins a list of UNESCO’s collection of “intangible cultural heritage”. Included in the list are more than 300 other cultural traditions like the Spanish art-form flamenco, Mongolian knuckle-bone shooting, and yoga in India.

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