Reggae is now a United Nations global cultural treasure - an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". The UN called it a cultural form that is worth protecting and promoting. Reggae started in Jamaica in the 1960s. Pioneers include artists like Bob Marley. Jamaica's government was pleased with reggae's new status. It said: "Reggae is uniquely Jamaican. It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all corners of the world."
The UN called reggae a mix of different musical influences, from Jamaica and the Caribbean. It has neo-African styles, soul, rhythm and blues, Ska and Rock Steady. It added that reggae is, "the voice of the marginalized". Reggae is loved by people all over the world. The UN said reggae contributed to, "international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity," and was an intelligent, sensual and spiritual form of music.