Posted on June 21, 2015
Today, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, music is celebrated as the universal language!
Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. Also, there are free concerts, music festivals, improv sessions, blues jams, live performances and music walks, held in more than 700 cities in more than 100 countries around the world.
World Music Day started in France in 1982 – but it was the brainchild on an American musician, Joel Cohen, who lived in France at the time.
“World Music” is a term for traditional music from around the world, and neotraditional music (new music inspired by traditional forms), and music that mingles more than one cultural tradition. American Paul Simon utilizing African Mbaqanga music is a good example of the latter.
But World Music Day isn't just about “World Music”; it's also about jazz and reggae, hip hop and pop, rock and classical, country and electronic, folk and Latin, R&B and blues, soul and rap, gospel and metal, march and disco, musical theatre and easy listening.
- Check out a few of the various genres of music here.
- Learn to an example of World Music here.
- Check out this Evolution of Music video. (This video is very heavy on the last half century! Can you find a more balanced one?)
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