I don’t have enough time right now to do a full post, but I need to vent.
Earlier today, I discovered an old review for a band whose music I received for Christmas. The band is not Western and they incorporate aspects of their local music traditions into their work, including so-called “wild” rhythms. (“Wild” is according to the reviewer. I’d sooner say “unfamiliar.” ) The results will astound you.
The reviewer needs to learn a few things. He claimed that the band sounded good when recasting traditional songs but not so much when they moved towards original Western-style works. He even goes so far as to say they seem “desperate” to become a part of Western mainstream music.
We all know everyone’s goal is to be like us, right?
But then again, he describes the traditional singing methods as “strange” (in a different review) and “growling,” so I suppose he must have started out with a few prejudices already implanted.
Trust me, that singing ain’t growling…
And unfortunately, I’ll have to stop here. (Sorry to leave you hanging.) Once I’ve got my ducks in a row, I’ll post links to the articles and a youtube video if I can find one. In the meantime, please accept my sincerest apologies and a really cool picture I found.