Reggae music has become a cultural treasure. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added reggae to its of cultural forms it deems of protecting and promoting. UNESCO recognized reggae as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity". Reggae is a music that originated in Jamaica in the 1960s. Pioneers included artists as Toots and the Maytals, Peter Tosh and the Bob Marley. The Jamaican government was pleased with reggae's new . Olivia Grange, Jamaica's culture minister, said: "Reggae is uniquely Jamaican. It is a music that we have created that has penetrated all of the world."
UNESCO defined reggae as being, "an of numerous musical influences," including Jamaican and Caribbean , neo-African styles, soul and and blues from North America, and Ska and Rock Steady. It described the of the music, saying: "Reggae music was the of the marginalized. The music is now played and embraced by a cross-section of society, including various genders, ethnic and religious ." It added: "Reggae's to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and underscores the dynamics of the [music] as being...cerebral, socio-political, and spiritual."