The Marimba music of Colombia’s southern Pacific coast and the legal system of the Wayuu indigenous people on Tuesday were added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
The decision was made in Nairobi, Kenya, by the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee.
Colombia was the first Hispanic country to hear if its candidates were included in the list since the decision is made by alphabetical order. Ten other Hispanic candidates are still awaiting to hear if they will be included. The Committee will make announce their decisions between November 16-19.
Colombia already had four items on the heritage list: Pasto’s Carnival of Blacks and Whites (2009), the Holy Week processions in Popayan (2009), the Carnival of Barranquilla (2008), and the cultural area of Palenque de San Basilio (2008).
This year 51 items from 29 countries were nominated.