Music has come a long way with genres and sub-genres surfacing throughout the years.
Although a lot has been done with certain genres of music, I believe still more can be done, and is something I might attempt myself.
A genre that has been largely untouched is unique ‘cultural’ songs and music. I’m suggesting a mixing of genres, and a local, underground and national Top 20 Chart associated with Cultural/Nationality songs and music.
We have already seen some mixing and swapping with Richie Valens jazzing up the Latin American hit La Bamba in the 50’s and 60’s for the general public.
Then there is R&B and Hip Hop and R&B and Rock and Pop with numerous songs already produced like Run DMC and Aerosmith [Unlink] with ‘Walk this Way’ and Jay Z [Unlink] and Linkin Park [Unlink] with ‘Encore/Numb’.
Some of these ‘cultural’ songs and music, if not a great number of them, sound so good they should be on standard national music charts, for example, that is showcased on Raw on ABC Television and various commercial radio stations.
There is such things as the annual Eurovision Song Contest, but there can also be some mixing with Cultural and Dance or R&B and Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Jazz [Unlink] and Blues [Unlink] or Country. If done correctly, this Cultural mixing can produce some exquisite and memorable hits.
For example, my fiance’s family is African, where music is held in high regard, and I was privileged to come across some very good African cultural music. It was from here where I got the idea for mixing cultural songs with other music. In fact, the African’s have already done this to a large extent. Almost every song from my fiance’s music collection was not just good, it is very good.
One of the first songs I heard was African Queen by 2Face Idibia. This particular song actually did very well on the international charts, blending pop and African music. On first hearing it, my brother’s friend stated how the song was so good it should be on the Top 10 of the American Billboard Charts. I was even going to sing this song for my fiancé at our wedding since I enjoyed it that much. Although there are so many to choose from, my other favorites from my fiancé’s African music collection are Radio and Weasel of GoodLyfe and Jose Chameleone, both from Uganda.
I also got exposed to Mediterranean Dance music recently played at my brother’s wedding and previously through a Greek friend from high school. It was nothing short of ‘awesome’ and really gets you moving and dancing. Again, this sort of music should be played now and again on commercial radio in Australia, especially since Australia is a multicultural country.
It would be fun and interesting to open the airwaves at the radio stations and accept peoples’ responses and opinions about the music.
Since there are so many cultures, with their unique sounds and styles, it would be interesting to see what mixing is created. And it is not just cultural music, but other forms of music as well that can be mixed. Imagine having some soft form of Rap in Country music for instance.
- Personal Experiences: – Personal love for different cultural music.