News 2016

News 2016: (US) New Music Box Article: "Decolonizing our Music" (by Gary Ingle, 16 Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 18, 2016

"Colonization rears its ugly head whenever there is “globalization.” In the 1500s, several European nations were aggressively globalizing, especially Spain, and especially in the Americas. At the time of Christopher Columbus’s westward wanderings, the Americas already had strong indigenous cultures. There was a great fondness for music and dancing, especially for rituals and celebrations.

Alongside the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors came ...

the arrival of Catholic missionaries. The militaries with their governments and the churches with their faith began the process of colonization and, with it, they brought Western music and culture. While indigenous music and Western music have coexisted for sure, Western music became preeminent as the government and the church often imposed a rigid adoption of Western ways, much to the detriment of indigenous music.

The same is true today with digital colonization. The companies with " ...

Visit the New Music Box website to read the full article.