Reggae Music of Jamaica

Inscribed in 2018 (13.COM) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Originating within the cultural space of marginalized groups, mainly in Western Kingston, the Reggae Music of Jamaica combines musical influences from earlier Jamaican forms as well as Caribbean, North American and Latin strains. Its basic functions as a vehicle of social commentary, as a cathartic experience, and means of praising God remain unchanged, and the music continues to provide a voice for all. Students are taught how to play it from an early age, and festivals and concerts are central to ensuring its...

UNESCO adds reggae to global cultural heritage List

Thursday, November 29, 2018 

Reggae quickly became a global phenomenon thanks to singers such as Bob Marley. 

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius (AFP)

Reggae a Global Cultural Treasure                                                            

Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves won international fame thanks...

Reggae Makes UNESCO World Heritage List


Thursday, November 29, 2018

The UN's cultural agency said reggae music has contributed to "international discourse on issues" such as injustice and resistance. Kingston has described the music tradition as "uniquely Jamaican."


London Buses are Being Powered by a New Fuel: Coffee

by Alanna Petroff   @AlannaPetroff November 20, 2017

There's a new buzz powering public buses in London.

British startup bio-bean has partnered with Shell (RDSB) and Argent Energy to create a coffee-based biofuel that will be used in London's diesel buses.

The company has produced 6,000 liters of coffee oil for the pilot project with London's transportation authority -- enough to help power the equivalent of one city bus for a year.

"It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource," bio-bean founder Arthur Kay said in a statement.


Romance With Jamaica Blue Mountain® Coffee

Jamaica, a land of many surprises, boasting the majestic Blue Mountains, rising 7,402 feet above sea level offering tiny, quaint settlements, excellent hiking trails, breath-taking panoramas, and Blue Mountain® coffee for the connoisseur.  If you have a desire to get to the top, put on your boots and start walking. Good hiking trails exist and guided trips can be arranged.  Overnight trips take hikers through coffee plantations, alongside waterfalls and on up to Blue Mountain Peak, the top of Jamaica. 

Among the champions of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee was author Ian Fleming.  Fleming who lived part time in Jamaica, who...