I, hot topic....first we have to take a look back at the middle 70s when
the government of the GDR expelled a well known artist. Others protested
against that action and had to take the concequences; they didn't get an
opportunity to play live!! Some of them followed him dissapointedly in noneastblock-countries
because they were always under pressure to write lyrics which did not imply
criticism or expressed a different idea of a fulfilled life.
"Religion is (like) opium for the people"... the church
was seen as opposition, and its people were disintegrated in a way like
the artists who didn't want to support the concept of political activity
for the country. This was the place for a lot of alternative ideas and where
one could meet many artists. Music and other arts were not only censored
by the officials; they made some artists sign on as spies to inform about
the movements of this growing opposition. By the end of the 70s, people
in nearly all GDR were able to recieve western-TV/Radio, and (not only)
the youth listened to beat music and western propaganda. As a result, the
government began to spend more money than usual on children's education
and youth clubs, in order that they could be won over and still be under
control. Youth people who seemed to look like a "Rocker", or sported
coolured or whatever non-standard hair and clothes, were not allowed to
participate in the well supported cultural scene of the GDR. There was a
time it was even forbidden for alternative-looking types to enter Berlin,
where the underground and official scene was bigger. In the middle 80s,
the people's wish to consume as the westlers was stronger than before; they
didn't want to accept the prepared copies of western products anymore. Musicians
wanted independence from any power, and were reflecting this opinion. Punk
Rock (Feeling B, Skeptiker...) and Reggae/HipHop (Messer Banzani...) began
introducing international influences despite the wall.
Why are so
many reggae musicians.."unkown"?
Tja, I will try to go through this one without mentioning
any names or doing any finger pointing. Fact is today the vibes have developed
into something other than what they started like, and as a result "products"
are what we get in the store or on stage. There used to be a time when the
liner notes make interesting and informative reading. One could hear the
different combinations of musicians in mutiple sessions, backing almost
any known artist. Then came the time when bands came quasi-obsolete and
the mikeman controlled the vibes. Music is today mostly produced in a way
that the liner notes, if any, only indicate who the voiceist happens to
be.Such music is usually executed by QbaseLogic or some close relative.
No scene, because after some good remousing, even the dreadest patterns
take on a shape. It all depends on the level of creativity at work behind
the machines. So...."unknown" musicians? Maybe, but still a vital
component, because it is written that all the singers and PLAYERS OF INSTRUMENTS
shall be there....