Goa to rock on WMD [world music day]

For those who love music Goa is the place to be on Friday! On World Music Day, June 21, Kala Academy,  Panaji, will provide musicians a platform to perform Indian as well as western music.

Artistes will be given five minutes to put up vocal and instrumental performances. The show will kick off at 4:30 pm and is expected to last through the night.

The concert is an open one and a notice was issued that those interested should contact the academy’s programme head and submit their applications before June 19.

The academy will provide the artists with a drum kit and refreshments. The event will be held at KA’s foyer area from 4.30pm onwards.

Workshop by NIE for school teachers: The Nirmala Institute of Education (NIE), Altinho-Panaji, will organize a workshop for school teachers on June 20 and 21 to discuss about music being part of the curriculum in elementary schools. Jazz vocalist Naomi Isaac from Germany has been invited to help formulate the curriculum and teach the importance of music.

World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the world, including traditional music, quasi-traditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition intermingle.

One origin of the term was the initiation of World Music Day (Fête de la Musique) in 1982 in France. World Music Day has been celebrated on 21 June every year since then.

World Music Day may herald the summer solstice, but in many places in India it may well mark the breaking of the Monsoons, this year in ample measure, we hear.

The idea of the World Music Day was mooted first in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen. He proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice.

The idea was taken up by French Music and Dance director Maurice Fleuret for the Minister of Culture Jacques Lang in 1981 and first took place in 1982 in Paris.

Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal,  Japan, and India.

Its purpose is to promote music in two ways:

Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. The slogan Faites de la musique (Make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, is used to promote this goal.

Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free. This is true of most participating cities, now, as well.

On 29 June 1987 a meeting of interested parties gathered to capitalize on the marketing of this genre. Arguably popular interest was sparked with the release in 1986 of Paul Simon’s Graceland album.

The concept behind the album was to express his own sensibilities using the sounds he had fallen in love with while listening to artists from Southern Africa, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Savuka. This project and the work of Peter Gabriel and Johnny Clegg among others had, to some degree, introduced non-Western music to a wider audience. They saw this as an opportunity which should not be ignored.

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One Response to Goa to rock on WMD [world music day]

  1. Sejal Sinha

    June 19, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    World music day, an annual event which brings together amateur and professional musicians. And you get to listen to them for free. Go grab your tickets Goans !!!

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