Friday, October 5, 2012

Music Video Round-up for 1st week of October

Baka People
Celebrate Indigenous Music

First, I would like to mention that it feels like a real challenge to find traditional music by indigenous people played on acoustic or traditional instruments.  I'm not a proponent of programmed or dumbed-down traditional music.  Drum machines do not connect us to the earth and in fact, disconnect us from it.  Synthesizers leaves us in an uncomfortable, but not a purposeful trance, and electric guitars feel jarring, and I believe when they just pop up in a song can cause cortisol levels to rise.  This feels shocking to the body.

So here, are some traditions where musicians sing a capella, and play traditional instruments.  The only exception is the documentary on the Saami cultural and traditional chant called the yoik.  In the case of the Saami, these ancient people were forced into dominant culture by Christianity as early as the 1600s, and secular culture, because it's better to blend in then get burned on the stakes.  The missionaries and governments of the Nordic countries confiscated the Saami drum, used by shamans and forbid Saami musicians to play the drum.  Starting in the 1960s, the Saami people began returning to their chant tradition, and two decades later, so was the drum.  But then with the late 1990s, so unfortunately was the drum machine.

Hopefully, humanity will live out this phase of high-tech music and return to healthier acoustic music.  Hey, and it's healthier for the environment and the non-humans too.  All that plastic after all, is made from a fossil fuel, otherwise, "big oil" and big industry.  That's hardly going to empower us.  And in the case of the Saami musicians, I love hearing a capella yoiks and acoustic drums.

1. Hopi Buffalo Dance

2. A documentary on the Saami yoik and drum

3. Baka People of central Africa “Girls’ Hut Song”

4. Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo

5. Tuva throat-singing