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Thread #91232   Message #1735164
Posted By: Folk Form # 1
08-May-06 - 05:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: BNP and folk music
Subject: RE: BS: BNP and folk music
I'll leave the Gillian debate to other people; but folk music has a fairly left wing position anyway, let's face it. I have nothing against that; but what I do dislike is the idea of booking "a few more acts from black and minority ethnic groups. The black Zimbabwean singers that live in Stoke, for example." Why? It is deeply patronizing to both the performers and the audiance. I go to folk clubs to listen to folk music, which, it is generally understood, means folk music from England, Scotland, Ireland and North America. There is a connection between the music that appeals to me. There is no connection between western folk music and African music. I do not like African music, or any other typy of so called "World " music, which is, anyway, a term invented by middle class journalists and broadcasters. Do people in Africa listen to Martin Carthy or Woody Guthrie? I doubt it, and no reason why they should. This is not me being narrow minded. This is me choosing what sort of music I choose to listen to and not letting someone else decide for me. Folk music for folk clubs, is what I say, regardless of the ethnic origin of the artis involved.