MUSIC and POLITICS
are they compatible?
First of all hello and hi to all those who read this now...long time no see, so the message had ample time to be digested so we can now move forward to other things. In today's world, everything is intertwined whether we know it or not, or whether we believe it or not. Music today is bought and sold like any other commodity on markets of all sorts...black, stock or whatever. Looks like since the role of music is to entertain, it should not partake in the political process which is also "entertainment" but on another level altogether. Again we have to draw reference to the still great Bob Marley and the Wailers' song "Get Up Stand Up". If this song is not purely political, then what is? Who actually wrote that one? Some say is Bob, some say Tosh or Bunny and even Lee have it one some records with his name in brackets as composer. They all did their versions, but the fact remains that this is one great piece of advice to struggling mankind. Since then, lots of artists have been inspired by these simple and truthful words. Artist after artist were suddenly "discovered" and it looked like a change was gonna come....but, slowly and surely we began to see that Uncle Sam (the big market) had Cooked up some sort of plan to keep the message music at a little distance from the masses' ears and then give a huge dose of "what they like to hear". The result is what we see and hear tirelessly until they run outta steam... and there's always lots more lined up to come. Songs with meaningful lyrics just don't stand a chance to be heard over the mass machine. Lots of folks come up with a blockheaded argument that today everbody sings or chants or does whtever he/she wants and that politicians actually have nothing to do with the culture of profanity and downright immorality that has already began pervading almost every aspect of how and why we exist. Well then why are certain acts banned and others not? But that again is anothe problem that wil be checked out lower down. Music has the abilty to reach the masses because everybody likes some kind of music and that makes it a political thing. Can a musician be compared to a politician? They are in many ways comparable...Good question but the answer will have to wait until nextime..
Hail up....lotsa things a gwaan in de real and virtual world nowadays....the link to everything is slowly but surely being put together with results that threaten to rock the workings of the machine that we love to refer to as society. A reggae song made it to the top position on the German charts and nuff respect is due to the Gentleman who was responsible. A real uplifting video was overplayed to the great satisfaction of reggae buffs. No winey winey bizz but true hard cold facts about everday reality....but again every positive thing always seems to draw some kind of opposite reaction. Some say that is just a setup and others complained that it was a rehashed riddim from long ago...well, you really can't please everyone. Fewer and fewer acts are finding their way to Berlin these times. The boys blaze a reggae trail from South and move towards the North West into Holland, direction London. Can't really blame them because lots of factors at play here tend to discourage tour managers from giving Berlin due consideration. In the meantime, some artists were faced with visa and other paper problems plus the fact that today everyone is almost a suspect terrorist, so watch out how you travel. This year's Cultural exposé passed with the usual irie vibes..lots of folks and kids turning out to take in the multiculturality of Berlin...everything from almost everywhere was represented, and true to natural vibes, it rained a little bit just to keep the vibes cool and fresh. Nothing to compare with Mayday "celebrations" here in Berlin...but that's another story. The sunny times are coming around, and this year looks like the same Yaam biz with DJs and lots of food to eat....those who want to take in some heavy vibes must travel to Köln for Summer Jam or Chiemsee further south....
Hello, has anyone found out who the first musician was? I am sure that musicologists already pretend to have the answer although concrete proof cannot ever be brought forward..or? What exactly do we have in mind when we spend long hours of playing, practicing or reading about music and our particular instrument?..apart from the obvious fun and challenge that it brings, we all know that life is much nicer in recording studios, or touring and playing to great crowds. Work is play and play is work so it can't get better than that...except for when one is called upon to entertain and not play. Most times the "entertainment" gigs are the ones with more than average pay....but one has to be prepared to be treated like a human sound system....just play what you want while they do what they want....by the way no guests please. Nowadays lots of professional mass media entertainers see the power behind the knowledge of music and so they try to portray themselves either as hobby players or to be partly influenced by being in close contact with great musician so and so. Come to think of it... it is indeed hard to "entertain" mindsets that are just out there looking for the next "kick"...the next freak to hit the popular media...How can we sing and dance when in fact we are being told to get up and stand up and fight? A dilemma...This brings us again to the fact that when people sing certain lyrics, they find themselves facing all kinds of hassles..whereas the others who go the opposite way have all the doors opened for them. So it's all up to the individual today. Put winers and all their accessories and there is surely the chance that it will be found to be entertaining, and so, lead on to greater things..more money, exposure (for real) and the rest of the shiny tempting paraphernelia. On the contrary, you had better be Gentleman to have a clip denouncing BooBoosh and Pappa2 and still make it to the top spot....how these things happen will always be professional secret, but I wish more and more roots would get to know how to do it. Gospel music can also be entertaining so why not? Sometimes we think that we can change the world through music and it can be done but the change must be towards progress and not the kind we see slowly but surely taking over most aspects of our everyday life...under the pretext that if it sells it must be good. I really feel for kids growing up without proper supervision over their multimedia forays. Schoolkids are not generally allowed to be professional musicians so entertainment usually is geared towards adults. When we then think of the term "Adult Entertainment", something funny comes to mind...nuh?
TIPS AND QUIPS
Reporter: .....but if they did so, JA would be operating against U.N......
Tosh: If the U.N. was growing ganja, JA could not tell them.....
If I was Turkey, Greece would always remind me of frying...I just would not be able to trust his/her motives.
W: Iran must give up its appetite for nuclear weapons technology...