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Music Genres

Postby Sabina » Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:56 pm

This topic is dedicated to information on various music genres or music styles. []D
The idea is that we share what we know, or what we discover and so help each other, as well as other readers to learn a little more about music.


World Music

David Byrne is smart.
I don't know much about him, so it's a bold claim. I remember him as the head of Talking Heads, back from the 1980s, and now I read an article called "I Hate World Music", written by him and published by the New York Times in 1999.

Here is an excerpt from his article.

In my experience, the use of the term world music is a way of dismissing artists or their music as irrelevant to one's own life. It's a way of relegating this "thing" into the realm of something exotic and therefore cute, weird but safe, because exotica is beautiful but irrelevant; they are, by definition, not like us.

Maybe that's why I hate the term. It groups everything and anything that isn't "us" into "them." This grouping is a convenient way of not seeing a band or artist as a creative individual, albeit from a culture somewhat different from that seen on American television. It's a label for anything at all that is not sung in English or anything that doesn't fit into the Anglo-Western pop universe this year.

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Re: Music Genres

Postby mirjana » Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:49 pm

Ryan turned my attention back to this topic because of using Native Music instead of World Music.
I haven't learned this lesson yet =0(
So, it seems that I shall remember it now. =0X
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Re: Music Genres

Postby Ryan » Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:52 pm

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