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Grange says gov't moving to safeguard Jamaica's reggae music internationally

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Marley brothers (from left) Stephen, Ky-Mani, Jr Gong and Julian in performance at the Redemption Live Reggae concert in February.

The Entertainment Minister Olivia Grange says the government is taking steps to safeguard Jamaica's reggae music on the international stage.

Grange, who was making her contribution to the Sectoral Debate this afternoon, announced that in March Jamaica submitted a nomination dossier to inscribe Reggae on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation's (UNESCO) Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage for Humanity.

IN PHOTO: Babsy Grange

She said only last week, UNESCO confirmed that it had received Jamaica's nomination file dubbed: 'Reggae Music of Jamaica'.

According to the minister, UNESCO has indicated that Jamaica's Reggae music could be inscribed in 2018.

"This international protection instrument will ensure that the origins of Reggae and its derivatives are appropriately documented and safeguarded for present and future generations," Grange said.