UNESCO adds Musical Traditions to its Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage
At the 11th annual meeting of the UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, several musical traditions from around the world have joined their lists of important elements of culture to be safeguarded and kept alive for the benefit of humanity.
Over the course of the meeting, three musical traditions have been listed as critically endangered and in urgent need of safeguarding:
- Ma'di bowl lyre music and dance from Uganda
- Cossack song in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine
- Chapei Dang Veng in Cambodia
In addition, the following traditions were added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity:
- Rumba in Cuba
- Merengue in the Dominican Republic
- Almezmar drumming and Stick Dancing in Saudi Arabia
- Geet-Gawai (Bhojpuri folk song) in Mauritius
You can find more information on each of these traditions in the videos linked above, or in the UNESCO articles attached to this post.
- article submitted by:Jim Hickson, Piranha Arts