Jamaica seeks world heritage status for reggae

Jamaican Reggae musician Chronixx performs at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, in San Francisco, California. (AFP)
Updated 21 November 2018

Jamaica seeks world heritage status for reggae

PARIS: Jamaica is bidding to have reggae music admitted to a list of global cultural treasures worthy of protection, the UN’s cultural agency UNESCO announced on Tuesday.
Paris-based UNESCO keeps a list of so-called “intangible heritage” found around the globe, which groups together traditional cultural practices such as horse games in central Asia to pizza-making in Naples.
Jamaica has asked for reggae to be added this year at a meeting of the UN agency on the island of Mauritius, where 40 proposals are set to be considered from November 26 to December 1.
So far, 399 examples of world heritage including dances, food-making practices, boat-building, games, festivals and even coaxing rituals for camels in Mongolia have been added.
A successful application is largely symbolic, but can serve to raise the profile of the country and the practice.
Other applications this year have been filed for the Irish game of hurling, the making of perfume in the French town of Grasse, and traditional wrestling in South Korea known as Ssireum.
Reggae emerged in the late 1960s in Jamaica and quickly become a global phenomenon thanks to singers such as Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff and the famed producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.
The music, with its heavy bass lines and drums, has influenced countless artists since and spawned new sounds such as dub.


Feature film ‘Champions’ begins shooting in Jeddah

The crew kicked off filming this week. Supplied
Updated 23 February 2020

Feature film ‘Champions’ begins shooting in Jeddah

DUBAI: Feature film “Champions” began shooting in Jeddah this week, with filming scheduled for seven consecutive weeks. 

The 90-minute film, helmed by Oscar-winning producer Andrés Vicente Gómez and directed by Manuel Calvo, tells the story of an assistant coach in Saudi Arabia’s top football league called Khaled.

After an outburst, Khaled loses his job and begins to coach a group of players with intellectual disabilities. The film will follow the lead character as he struggles with his new role.

Starring Yasser Al-Saggaf, the host of MBC’s “The Voice,” alongside Fatima Al-Banawi of “Barakah Meets Barakah” fame, the film will also feature Jeddah-based people with intellectual disabilities.

A crew of 90 film professionals from Saudi Arabia and Spain will film in various locations across Jeddah before filming moves to Dubai.