The controversial issue of the origins of the salsa dance and music dominates the music industry in the US. Various explanations exist on the factors and circumstances which led to the emergence of the Salsa dance in the United States. Moreover, the contribution of different Afro-Latin music styles in the development of salsa music and dance styles have been under dispute. These Afro-Latin music styles stem their impacts on themes such as sentimental expressions, ideological and religious sentiments, present occurrences and the supernatural. The Colonial rule of the Cuban and Puerto Rico regions by the Spaniards and North American conquest promoted activities such as slavery among Africans.
In its early history, Brazil had no nationally unifying events. With a plethora of people from all different heritages spread out across the 5th largest country in the world, this lack of unity also meant a lack of identity. Parts of the country were Portuguese while others were native and so on. Samba began to build bridges between the people of Brazil. Because it was developed by Afro-Brazilians after the conclusion of slavery, early samba has an African flare to it.
That is where jazz is known to get its main influence from. It derived its style from two different types of street music; string bands and percussion bands. Jazz had been evolving for almost a decade before it was recorded. A white New Orleans band called the Original Dixieland Jazz Band beat all the superior Southland black bands to it
Looking back on how music became what it is today, there are many significant influences through culture, society, and even religion. One particular impact that changed how the US perceives the rock music genre, is the British Invasion. Ties can be made to today’s music as well, elaborating into the newly popular Adele, Ed Sheeran, Mumford and Sons, and One Direction along with many other UK comrades. But what exactly is the British Invasion and how do these events actually tie into popular music in the United States at our current point in music? The British Invasion marks a historical time in the world of music.
The biggest impact on the style, particularly jazz music was the African drumming and dancing traditions. In the 1880s brass marching bands gained popularity, which spread across America briefly. Cakewalks and minstrel tunes also gained much popularity with the influence of African-American traditions. By the 1890s, ragtime, syncopated piano compositions, became a major music sensation, in addition, brass bands began to accompany such compositions and music was obtaining new repertoire. Brass bands such as Excelsior and Onward were bands that had formally trained musicians.
Apart from being upset about how they were being treated by record labels, white America did not feel comfortable with the music being solely from African-Americans. Jazz ended up becoming more of a commodity, and the most well-known artists were white. African-Americans were facing racism and random acts of violence against them, they took solace in their music as it was an essential part of their culture.
For African Americans, jazz music, has always had a political undercurrent. Slave songs spoke of the “Israelites” enslaved by the Egyptians, such as in Go Down Moses, symbolising their own yearning for freedom. However, it took time for the assertion of the political message to develop in a more discernible way. Jazz’s status as a form of entertainment had effectively subdued the message for many years, because of the ostracisation of those involved and because of the early popularity of the white swing bands. The majority of jazz musicians were not political activists, rarely explicitly political in their work, however, they often expressed their political ideals, sometimes more subtley other times more overtly through their music.
Japanese Brazilians Over the past 100 years, have the Japanese-Brazilians become integrated into the Brazilian culture? This question should be easy to answer since if you are born in Brazil, then you should automatically be considered Brazilian. However, this is not the case for many Japanese-Brazilians. I believe the Japanese have become more integrated into the Brazilian culture over the past 100 years, however, I do not think that they are truly integrated into the Brazilian culture. In this paper, I will be looking at how each generation was treated in Brazil by collecting stories from news articles and the historical context as to how society has changed their views of the Japanese-Brazilians.