written by owen on 2006-May-06.
So with the unset of a new "caribbean music" cable channel I instantly noticed something odd. It seems to be pushing this thing they call "caribbean music". The first time I heard this connotation I wondered what in the world is the "caribbean music" of which they speak of? Because I listen a-lot of music. And by "a-lot" I am not referring to the radio, music videos or stuff that people consider as "popular". And one thing I have learn is that music isn't just a sequence of notes, some lyrics and instruments on a beat. It is a form of expression, a conversation, a culture of a people and a part of history itself. No matter how annoying it sounds.
Now back to this "caribbean music" thing. It appears to me that what they are inadvertently trying to do is create a new genre. A genre in which they can cluster all that is original and diverse about the Caribbean ( possibly south america ) into a single, neat and manageable form. I don't know, maybe I'm the only person that noticed this but I see this as a negative rather than a plus for the musicians. As far as I see it once they have this "caribbean music" thing established, your going to start having the "caribbean music" awards in which Soca, Dancehall, Samba and Reggaton are all going to be sub-secs of something called "caribbean music". As if they are not genre in themselves.
As I'm typing my computer's New Oxford American Dictionary highlighted the words "Soca" and "Dancehall" as incorrectly spelled. It suggests that Dancehall is actually Dance-hall. I hate when it does that. Right now this document is littered with red underlines. Hasn't Soca and Dancehall music been around for like 15 years now? Or maybe we are still trapped in the closet. Either way this "caribbean music" thing that I see them selling really doesn't seem quite right. I watch the channel and most of the time they are either playing Reggaeton, or Dancehall music. Every now an again they will drop in some Old Reggae, Dub, Rap, HipHop and Latin music which I can't classify yet. I don't even know where this station is maybe it operates from an island in the middle of the caribbean ocean. Either way I would prefer they keep it as "music of the caribbean" rather than "caribbean music".