Jamaica is seeking to have Revival Music inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
This was disclosed recently by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sports Denzil Thorpe, at an event dubbed: ‘Salute to the Parish of St James’, at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ).
“It is our intention to seek a declaration for Revival Music because it is common to the entire island,” said Thorpe.
Jamaica already has the inscription of Reggae to UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Additionally, other world declarations in Jamaica, include the Maroon Heritage of Moore Town, the Blue, and the John Crow Mountains.
“We have to make sure that the product has demand and it behooves each community not to tarnish their spaces because visitors, both local and foreign, want to share in the love, the vibe, and energy of our country,” Thorpe said.
He commended the Institute for hosting the public lectures on the parishes, “so that people can be exposed to the heritage and what makes Jamaica so special.”
Carol May, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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