One great cultural asset of any foreign society is their music. When traveling, you should never miss a chance to delve into another’s local music. Here are a few places that have given the world great pleasures with their innovation in music.
Chicago Blues. This melancholic genre has its roots in African native music. From oral tradition, African-American slaves turned their indigenous music into blues. The genre became popular around America until it evolved into various styles. Chicago Blues is particularly characterized by amplified electric and bass guitars, with saxophones and harmonica played in front of microphones. Blues evolved into a louder and more dynamic genre in this city. So the next time you visit Chicago, don’t forget to sit in a bar and listen to a local blues band.
Jamaican Reggae. It’s probably the soothing Caribbean atmosphere of Jamaica that inspired the world’s favorite peace lover to create reggae. Bob Marley, with a strong hold on Rastafarian philosophy, wrote the steadiest lyrics about redemption, peace and love to accompany the soothing melodies of reggae. Aside from the glorious beaches, the world thanks Jamaica for introducing Reggae.
English Punk. In the 70’s America and the UK both witnessed the birth of punk music. New York had its first taste of anti-establishment punk rock from the Ramones. In London, audiences were also witnessing not only a musical but also a social revolution with the music of the Clash and the Sex Pistols. With distaste of authority and the mainstream, punk bands upheld countercultural ideologies of rebellion and DIY (do-it-yourself). London, with a reputation for elegance and discipline, also has a rebellious and untamed side!
World Music of the Pacific. The term world music is actually so broad it’s almost only used to separate Western pop music from the non-Western. Basically, World music is identified as the fusion of traditional musical elements and the modern. This is usually found in the Pacific where modern musicians use native instruments together with modern guitars and drums. Hawaii, for example, uses a lot of their traditional Ukulele with amplifiers and electric guitars.
Mexican fusion. This can also be classified as World Music. The native drumming of Latin America is accompanied by some sexy guitar riffs and groovy bass lines producing a musical fusion with elements of blues, jazz and salsa. No other band perfected this craft than Santana, a group led by the extremely talented Mexican Carlos Santana. So when traveling to Mexico, don’t forget to learn a few steps and dance to beautiful Mexican fusion.
There’s nothing like listening to a local band play their local music. You can go to these countries and get the subliminal musical experience! With just one click, you can get free flights!
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