Many reggae lovers think that the music form is being commandeered by outside forces. To combat that idea, minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport had an idea have reggae music inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, through action by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
On Wednesday, the minister got her wish. Speaking with The Gleaner from the Republic of Mauritius where she travelled for the 13th session of the committee she said: “What it has done is solidify the power of our music throughout the world. It’s a statement that Jamaica a small country has given the world a music that is powerful and potent, that people from all corners of the world, all religions and nationalities embrace to the fullest.”
“A Norwegian tried to copyright Jamaican folks songs. Pirates still a try rob I!” said Ibo Cooper, president of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA).