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Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Roger’s Blog – And so it ends …

Another year, another WOMADelaide.  Well, almost…

Baaba Maal on Stage 1 at the moment; I’m off to see Chapelier Fou (the Mad Hatter) on the Zoo Stage.  Then Anda Union from Mongolia.

And back to whatever passes as reality tomorrow.

Hopefully … see you next year!

Roger

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Groundation

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performancer – Groundation (mp3)


Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Roger’s Blog – Pet Peeve #2

This Festival again reminds us of the great diversity of music that exists. This diversity is to be treasured.

Watching Le Trio Joubran’s workshop, they had us clapping in 10/8 rhythm: that’s a beat on 1, 6 and 7 of a count to 10. And then the vocals and oud came in on a familiar melody around that time signature.

Yet there’s a disturbing trend to impose a danceable 4/4 beat over that diversity. Yes, we can introduce people to cultures and styles – but only if we can dance to them with the limited rhythms that western pop and rock have accustomed us to. Unfortunately, this both reduces and robs the fantastic diversity to the lowest common denominator. That’s often referred to as the hegemony of western culture.

In thinking about this, I went back to some old texts: Fanon on Colonialism. I could start to see the parallels, as cultures are taken over and shaped to the form of the colonialist. And, as has been pointed out, this both reinforces our ignorant safety, but also has a profound effect on the colonised culture. For not only is the complex and diverse not marketable, but it is marginalised and changes within its own cultural context. It is devalued … and on the slope to vanishing. Oh, we might drop a sample into our set; we might throw in an exotic instrument for a moment, to tease and entice. As long as we can still dance to it. The insistent beat surges from the stage, from the DJ mix, from the car windows.

The diversity vanishes. Colonialism both economically and culturally appropriates, and turns brilliance to pap.

Yet, within that bleak landscape, the seeds of resistance remain. And the gleam through in many moments at WOMADelaide 2012.

The question is: do we want to hear them?  Or do we want to side with the musical colonialism of the insistent and hegemonic beat?

Roger

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Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Tori Ensemble

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Onsite Interview – Jay Hoad Band

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performances – La Voce Della Luna

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Shane Howard

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Joe Bataan & The I Like It Like That Orchestra

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Gurrumul

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Frigg

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Onsite Interview – La Voce Della Luna

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – La Voce Della Luna

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Melbourne Ska Orchestra commands the crowd

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Onsite interview – Frigga

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Onsite interview – Baaba Maal

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Dirty Three

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – Lo’Jo

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Diego Guerrero y El Solar de Artistas

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Onsite Interview – Nano Stern

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Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Onsite Interview – Staff Benda Bilili

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Onsite Interview – Lo’Jo

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Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – The Bearded Gypsy Band

Womadelaide 2012 LIVE! – Live Music Performance – The Bearded Gypsy Band (mp3)


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