Aesthetics of Popular Music
Some of the underlying features of the musical aesthetics found throughout the African Diaspora are that (1) music plays an important role in all aspects of social interaction and individual self-realization; (2) rhythm is the central organizing principle of the art; (3) music making is communal work; (4) improvisation is widespread and richly developed; and (5) music and dance are connected in such a way that bodily movement contributes to the overall rhythmic texture. These musical aesthetics are conceptual rather than technical or historical and they permeate all aspects and styles of music making in the African Diaspora. But their modern forms of expression first took shape in the United States as Jazz, Blues, and Gospel during the first half of the 20th century. These styles continued to evolve into Soul, Funk, and Hip Hop in the second half of the 20th century and, in turn, influenced the development of Salsa, Reggae, and Bossa Nova in Latin America and the Caribbean. Using the Reading Assignments from Unit Two, write a brief review essay of that discusses the various ways that African American musical styles have influenced musical developments in the United States and in Latin American and Caribbean cultures. The review essay should include at least one paragraph that addresses each of topics below. In addition, it should include an introductory paragraph that outlines your perspectives on this topic and a conclusion that summarizes your thoughts and insights on these themes.
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