10 MORE styles of music (Part 2)

Billy Strayhorn once said that "all music is beautiful." While you may not agree with his opinion, I think it is pretty close to the truth. The emphasis being on 'pretty close'. In fact, there are some music genres that I despise. Yet other people love these styles of music. For example, one of my friends loves hip-hop. I can't stand it.  Please allow me to misquote Mr. Strayhorn and say that "all music is personal." So here follows 10 more music styles for your listening pleasure (or displeasure):

Different styles of music

1) Hip-hop

In this style of music, songs are often about politics or the society. The hip-hop artists speak the words rather than sing them. It is also called rap music or hip hop music.

Famous hip-hop artists include Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Notorious B.I.G.

2) Gospel

This is a style of religious music. It was started by African Americans in the south of the US. It is usually performed by groups of singers with strong voices.

Famous gospel groups include the Fairfield Four, the Dixie Hummingbirds, and the Golden Gate Quartet.

3) Jazz

This style of music was developed in the early 20th century. The music is often improvised. This means that the performers change the music as they perform.

Famous jazz performers include Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Andy Williams.

4) New Age

This style of music helps people to relax. It is often used to create a calm and peaceful environment. Some people listen to this style of music when they meditate.

Famous New Age performers include Enya, Era, and Paul Horn.

5) Pop

This style consists of popular modern music. These pop songs usually have strong beats and words that are easy to listen to and remember.

Famous pop artists include Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Michael Jackson.

6) Opera

An opera is a kind of play where the characters sing rather than speak. These operas have orchestras (i.e. large groups of musicians which play mostly classical music).

Famous opera singers include Luciano Pavarotti, Paul Potts, and Montserrat Caballé.

7) R&B

This popular style of music was started by African Americans in the 1940s. It was developed from blues and  jazz.

Famous contemporary (i.e. modern) R&B singers include Rihanna, Beyonce, and Mariah Carey.

8) Soundtrack

This is not so much a style of music as a collection of music and/or songs that are used in a specific movie (e.g. the soundtrack to Iron Man, the soundtrack to The Dark Knight, etc.)  and games (e.g. the soundtrack to Assassin's Creed, the soundtrack to Halo, etc.). It is often abbreviated to OST which stands for Original Soundtrack.

9) World Music

World Music is the traditional or folk music of a specific culture or country. This is one of my favourite styles of music so if you can tell me about some traditional music from your country or culture I will appreciate it.

10) Kwaito music

This is a modern style of music that started in South Africa in the 1990s. It is based on house music but features African sounds and a slower beat.

Famous kwaito artists include Lebo Mathosa, Arthur Mafokate, and Brenda Fassie.


Your turn! Tell me which of these styles of music you like and which ones you don't like. Try to give reasons why you like some of them but not others. Please leave your answers in the comments section. Enjoy!


mt203948 said...

I totally agree with you, Teacher: All music is personal.
In general, I love what make me emotional despite of types or genres. In my case, I think I prefer soft music, blue, jazz...maybe because of my old age :)


Francois Oosthuizen said...

Thanks for your answer, mt203948!

I think the emotional journey you take when you listen to music can be amazing. I don't like the blues so much, but I really like some jazz. When it comes to classical music, I enjoy listening to piano concertos. What old age? Age is just a number. :-)

Anonymous said...

I like Hip Hop, R n B, New Age (but after it has been mixed with beats so that it's good to dance) and World Music (Indian, especially. I don't like Chinese music).

Why do I like them? Because, again, they are good to dance. They make me happy and give me spirit. :) There is only a few of slow and melancholious songs which I like.

I don't like jazz and opera though I like classical music. I can't enjoy them.

I want to send a link of my traditional music (Javanese, that is my tribe) but I haven't found the good one. I have been searching on youtube almost an hour but I haven't found one with the good quality both in sound and picture.



Francois Oosthuizen said...

Thanks for your answer, Chandra! It seems that you love dancing a lot. :-) Perhaps you are the dancing queen of your country. :-) It's a pity you cannot find any good Javanese music on YouTube. I would be really interested in listening to some Javanese music. Can you tell me more about your tribe? I am really interested as I don't know a lot about it? What are your customs and beliefs?

Anonymous said...

Well, my tribe is the majority in my country. There are hundreds of tribes but mine is the most. Javanese people live on Java island but many of them have moved to and lived on another islands.

We appreciate peace and harmony. And we try as hard as possible not to hurt others' feeling. We are conditioned not to show our real feeling. So, if we don't like someone, we can't say directly about it to her/him as western people do. Is it a manner or hypocricy? I don't know. And also we can't say no. So, if we want to refuse, we usually say "maybe". Lol.

Almost all customs and beliefs came from the palace in the ancient time. So, in wedding ceremony, for instance, people imitate what their king family did in the palace.

Before Islam came to my country, Javanese people embraced Hinduism that came from India. (That's why there is similarity between my culture and India's) but after Islam got stronger, it influenced them and produced a mixture between Hinduism and Islam called "Kejawen" (but I am muslim :)).

Javanese people are known by their soft and tenderness both in speaking and behaviour and also in their art and their social status awareness (Frankly speaking, this does not go along with modernity which emphasizes equality :D).

Our mother tongue, of course, Javanese. And you know, in this language, there are three degrees which must be spoken to different audiences depend on their social status in the community.

Well, there are a lot of things I can write about my tribe but enough for today. I don't want you to get bored. :D



Francois Oosthuizen said...

Dear Chandra

Thank you for the lovely insights into your culture and customs. In fact, it is always so much better to learn about culture and different countries from the natives. I really don't like reading books about different cultures as I find the information so boring. This way is much better! :-)

I don't think it is hypocritical to hide your real feelings. I think it is just a different custom. It might be difficult for some Westerns to understand that in some situations. I got used to that while I was in China. In any case, there is a lot of that within Western culture as well. Of course, we are not as good at hiding our true emotions, but I see it on a daily basis. You can see this especially in the business world.

You talk about the social status. In what way is the social status defined? Does it have to do with wealth only or are there other factors that influence it?

Some more questions: Is your tribe very traditional in its beliefs? Has it been affected by Western culture at all and do you think this is good or bad?

I hope you don't mind my curiosity and all the questions.



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