It goes without saying that in mainstream Kenyan culture, music is a huge part of people’s lives. Music is a constitutive part of the culture and hence is important for individual and social identity formation. Music has and always will affect the culture of the world. Music is a direct interpretation of culture.
Although culture continues to change rapidly with the advancements in technology, music will always connect the people of the world and share a special aspect of each culture with one another. Every culture in the world has its own form of music that is enjoyed by all ages on every continent.
Music is an expressive language of culture. It often tells a story, expresses emotion, or shares ideas with society. Before written word music was used as a form of historic record. For example, a tribe would use music to tell a story, teach a lesson, or celebrate a successful hunt.
Songs accompany marriage, birth, rites of passage, hunting, and even political activities. Music is often used in different African cultures to ward off evil spirits and to pay respects to good spirits, the dead and ancestors.
The music reflects the cultural characteristics of a society. This is however gradually disappearing, as Musicians are focusing majorly on music from America and beyond, and slowly the fear of deterioration of culture erupts.
7 REASONS WHY MUSIC IS IMPORTANT TO WORLD’S CULTURE
1. It Makes it Easy to Celebrate
Music is played at every type of celebration, which includes weddings, graduations, and birthday parties. It’s considered to be a way to have fun and let out joy or excitement that you may be experiencing in the moment.
2. Music is a Form of Expression
Musicians are known to express themselves through song and melody to convey how they’re feeling in life, which allows listeners to relate and find comfort in the music.
3. It Allows Us to Dance
Music prompts people in every culture around the world to dance and express how they feel with movement.
4. It Continues to Evolve
Music is never stagnant and continues to change and transform in each time period. Artists often learn various melodies and sounds from historic music and alter it to make it contemporary.
5. It’s an Art Form
Those who are creative and need an outlet can create different types of music, which allows them to put art out into the world and share it with other individuals. It’s something to be shared that is unifying because people can relate to the songs and feel inspired by it.
6. Music is Intimate
Music is incredibly intimate and allows artists to convey a message or emotion that they may not be able to communicate with their words and reveals a deeper part of who they are.
7. It’s a Form of Communication
Many people struggle with communicating with others but can say how they feel with a song that they write or have heard, making it easier to express themselves without having fear or intimidation.
Although most people have their own preference for the type of music that they enjoy listening to, each culture can agree that the tunes are an important part of life by expressing ourselves as human beings. By appreciating the art form, it makes it easy to unite and relate to others who are different than ourselves