MUSICAND SOCIAL EMERGING ISSUES
Musicand Social Emerging Issues
According to Britten (2009, the field of Music has become moreproductive every day. Many artists who purposed to grow in thisdomain have deserted the pleasure of their performance. Through songsand videos that artist perform, many people tend to learn about asocial issue or issues such as gender, race, class, sexuality, orgenerational identity, for instance in the society. The modernizedmusic industry came up between the 1930s and 1950s when recordsousted sheet music as the most crucial product in the music business.Music can acquire various forms some are more susceptible to musicalforms and styles that we particularly like. I like the manner inwhich music talks to my soul. It does not at all times have to comefrom professionals it could come out from anonymous secretive LondonTube players or Parisian Metro, who are playing all the ways, whetherpeople are taking consideration or not. For most individuals, musicis an enjoyable even though a temporary form of entertainment1.This paper, therefore, seeks to establish the essence of music anddemonstration on how that artist relates to or had an impact on asignificant social issue or issues in our today’s society.
APopular Music Artist Active After 1950
ArtistLucky Dube: Different Colors One People
Toillustrate the social issues such as gender, race, class, sexuality,or generational identity in our society, the above song, which wassung by Lucky Dube will be very vital. This is a South African artistwho was so influential and so inspiring in his all songs. He was bornin 1964 and died in 2007 at the age of 43 years. His death was adisaster for many people globally since his music was valid all overin the world. His commercial and critical success in the music fieldwas as a result of his kind of albums he produced and how hearticulated the issues that the society is experiencing.
Ina life of struggle, he has somehow revealed a sympathetic heart, andhe communicates the relevant message to the people of his nativecountry and a global audience. His message manifests a concern forchildren and women and hope for an improved message involving theraces and sexuality. Dube’s position as a deprived Zulu tribesmanin ethnically torn South Africa gave him an exceptional viewpoint. Hebecame one of the most vital voices in international music byenhancing reggae as he was first South African black to attaincelebrity in that genre. The putrefying direction of apartheid inSouth Africa forbade his album that referred to Rastas Never Die in1985. This could not prevent his emergent status or cause him to bebitter. He survived the dynamics in government to document fourmulti-platinum albums and win several awards. After apartheid hadended, he addressed other social anxieties, such as drug abuse andthe uncontrolled commercialization that obstructs native cultures inthe whole world. His music blends social condemnation with ablissful, delighted dance beat (Britten, 2009).
Inthe above-selected song of Lucky Dube different colors one people,he tries to mention one of the major issues that normally affect manypeople which are discrimination by color. He discards the aspect oftribal identities that people attempt to use to categorize him,saying he is just a human being. People could ask him if he is a Zuluor Swazi or whatever2. He emphasized on the aspect that it does not matter whether he is aZulu or whatever but what he knows is that he is a human being madein the likeness of God for the betterment of the creation of God.Things to do with the race and gender of people have become theemerging issues in our modern societies which this artist was tryingto bring on board by enlightening people not to be narrowed down tothis aspect. It was unavoidable that he would keep on putting thatideal into his songs.
Inhis song, he used a catchy tune which revealed the idea of breakingthose limitations all over the world which was not an easy thing. Hecautions the government never tries to separate people basing ontheir skin color but to treat them as one. He sees equality betweenwhite and black as a significant issue his indulgent of the need forequality involving men and women leaves a lot to be longed for3. He was touring Australia when they had a human rights associationwhere they had a campaign that they were displaying there. Thecampaign was referred to Different Colors One People, attempting toget individuals in Australia to unite and just displaying theirdifferent cultures and all their differences that they have there.This title was so valid, and I liked it since it was a reminder topeople that there is no need to discriminate or isolate other peoplebasing on their color, and this has what inspired the song.
Therelevance of this chosen song is to pass this important informationall over the world about unity. At all times, it has to be noted thathuman beings are social beings, and no man can stand alone. Peoplefrom different countries have different cultures and values whichdefine their basis, and therefore, this should not be a disadvantagewhen it comes to the aspect of unity. Different colors of peopleimply the many attributes of our maker. As an illustration, ourbodies are made up of different components with varied functions butsurprisingly, these component works together in harmony to better theperformance of our bodies. If the same logic is borrowed, then wehave to break the limitations of our indifferences to achieve ourobligations in life.
Dubewas a great musician of enormous desirable skill who grew up from thefamily of unshakeable faith in Africa, but he was not at found to befanatical. He was an artist who saw and expounded the idea oftogetherness, respect, freedom, peace, justice, truth and the dignityof people. His echoes of which establish expression in his enduringlyrics, and the significance of which transcends individuals, color,and belief. Although he believed that all human beings are brothers,he lost his faith in the possibility of uniting them. He said that hedo not know why he should keep on believing that one day thepoliticians will unite people together4. As viewed by him, the politicians will only segregate the people fortheir interests instead of uniting them. Therefore, the four or fiveyears in power are enough to demolish a lifetime of togetherness. Hisabomination of the political class was given weight. In his politicalanthem, Perfect Peace, Peace, he once again made a frenetic attemptto nerve humankind to stand up for truth and warned against followingthe destructive politicians (Britten, 2009).
Accordingto Lucky Dube, the world is stratified into different thin lines ofcolors. Be it black or white colored yet united in that all are madein the likeness of God. In the ancient to together as one, hearticulated himself biblically. In the Bible the creation on earthtells us that human being was created in the likeness of God himself.But the Bible did not tell us if God was either white or black incolor, Indian or whatever5.This artist reveals that when he see a white person, he see the imageof God, when he also see a black man, he see the image of God aswell. By knowing this naked truth no man can be eligible tosegregate another one by color, culture, sexuality, class or race.
Thevision of Lucky Dube is all about bringing people together. Back tohis root unveils his Rastafarian sincerity Different Colors OnePeople and Together as One are his visions of world unity, with Rosesand Guns dimming the expectation of its actualization. If ReggaeStrong assures the immutability of reality, Stand Alone recollectsthe triumph of precision. If Crime and War is a condemnation of allhuman discriminations on race and color, then no truth in the wholeworld is a derisive comment on the crumble of human ethics. Ifvictims convict human being of his self-inflicted Perfect Peace,agonies are a rousing success song for all to unite against the greatadversary of a human being: the politician6.
Thisartist used a balanced musical language with unique melody and thegrooves that were easy to be understood by any person. He used anambient style that describes a large variety of music. Ambient musicputs more stress on actual sound than musical configuration, intendedfor forming a meticulous mood or atmosphere with the help ofconservative and original instruments, clips, sound and at timesvocal clips. Singing in the ambient melody can be done, even though agood deal of ambient is influential (Britten, 2009). Ambient music isnot inadequate to any specific sound or mood, but rather describe thethought that any atmosphere or mood can be attained via sound alone,rather than requiring to depend on music piece of music or songarrangement. Ambient has been integrated into a large amount ofdifferent already-existing melodic genres, due to its tremendouslywell-matched usage and adaptability.
Themusical elements contribute so much to the meaning of the song. Whatis composed in the song is made up of song ingredients which carry alot of meaning in the song. The song is structured in a manner thatreveals the meaning. Lucky Dube’s mind was deep and completelyanimated. It was his enthusiastic love of the natural world thatpresented him the gift of first class motivation in his vocation,consequently harnessing the wonders of the globe before him.Therefore was the basis of Dube’s mastermind, directing hisactivities not to something hyper-natural or romantic but naturaltypescript and phenomena. Whereas his work lasted, Dube continued thestream from his mind lyrics of motivation governed yet ever bright,which made him a standard among his colleagues.
LuckDube’s song, different colors one people address the issuesaffecting mankind. His music creates powerful relations betweenpeople, help people learn about diverse cultures, question socialinjustices, shatter stereotypes and inspire people to create theworld as it should be according to the intended purpose of God. Hissong’s purpose extrapolates beyond entertainment to inspire,represent people, educate, change and influence the society andprovide social annotations. For the young generation, in specific, heprompts exploration and action and assist them to make logic of theworld. His lesson challenged all people to examine and replicate onthe messages and lessons of his song lyrics and create their outletsto express a perspective or message connected to broadmindedness thatis important to people.
Dube’sSongs served the purpose of unifying different groups of people bymoving them to common action or assist them to articulate commonemotions or social problems the community encounters such asdiscriminations and ethnicity. In times of national chaos, LuckyDube’s songs were so much preferred to be appropriate to be sungall over such as Different Colors One people, Together as One andRemember me. His songs carried valid massage to people and as wellexpressed judgment to social issues. His songs were consideredstraightforward to the social problems, reflections of the societyand ethnicity in which people are rooted (Britten, 2009).
Inconclusion, songs which are well structured and composed byprofessional artists like Lucky Dube, carry a lot of meaning whichthe society requires solving societal challenges like discriminationsby race, sexuality, class, color and so on. Lucky Dube revealed thesecrete of articulating such mentioned emerging issues in thesociety. Human are social beings, therefore, they should treat oneanother with moderation since we are all created in the image ofGod..
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2 James, Allison, and Alan Prout, eds. Constructing and reconstructing childhood: Contemporary issues in the sociological study of childhood. Routledge, 2015.
3 Subrahmanyam, Kaveri, Stephanie M. Reich, Natalia Waechter, and Guadalupe Espinoza. "Online and offline social networks: Use of social networking sites by emerging adults." Journal of applied developmental psychology 29, no. 6 (2008): 420-433.
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