The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #168242 Message #4064569
Posted By: GUEST,Peter Laban
17-Jul-20 - 09:10 AM
Thread Name: Alexander Suarez Mendez, Cuban Uilleann Piper
Subject: RE: Black Pipers Matter
My uneasiness is not with the mentioning of ethnicity persé. I know a fair few pipers from all over the world, from Japan, Singapore, all over Europe and the Americas, Israel and what not, including various ethnicities.
But there's a tendency that I think is patronising, we have the Sean Nós singing Imam, the Nigerian stepdancer, the Japanese ceilibands and recently the young woman from the US that are not initially singled out for their achievement but rather for the colour of their skin (rather than perhaps doing something cross-cultural)and too often with the undertone of isn't i great they are learning 'our' music. An that's what I am uneasy with. It would be nice if we can look at different people and first and foremost see their (musical) achievements and that was my angle responding to this thread.