As it relates to cultural relativity, this communal yard is widely recognized and respected as providing the roots of Reggae music and propelling it to international acclaim. The area’s unique context and environment provided the inspiration that
It combines African and Latin rhythm, with Anglo Folksong. Now it is used to entertain visitors and giving them a taste of what Jamaican music was like in the past. If you listen to it, you will feel the spirit of the “old” days. The instruments are also very simple, a gourd
Historically, art and music has played a significant role in shaping and developing the vibrant culture of the Caribbean. From Calypso to Reggae, Soca to Zouk, the region has enjoyed a wide range of musical art forms which has provided entertainment to many and has given a voice to a marginalized group of people. These various creative outlets, and those controlling it, have, and continue to function, as a vessel for the people, informing the populace of topical issues, subjects, and themes from both within and outside the Caribbean. This evolution of music in both its distribution and the content matter has allowed for certain ideas to slowly manifest its way to the masses and into the culture as a whole. The song “Bedroom Bully” recorded by Jamaican dancehall artist Busy Signal, is an exemplary model of this phenomenon.
1a: Reggae and Extended family Reggae is in many ways an extreme important form of music for Jamaica. Reggae has given Jamaican’s a way to define them self, and a way for us to get an understanding about Jamaican lifestyle and culture. It is many things that fascinate me about Reggae. That it is a way to celebrate nationalism fascinates me. That a form of music is part of the official culture fascinates me, however there is one thing that I like the most.
I am proud to say that Jamaica too has a diverse population. People all over the world crave to visit the United States for many different reasons. Many come to the United States and assimilate, making it their country and home, thus diversity of population increases. Maybe not in the same magnitude, but people also crave to visit Jamaica. They like the music, the beaches,
Ghanaian traditional art, an integral part of social life, reflects the social, cultural and the values of the community. The symbolic and practical use of costumes, ornamentations, and religious objects enhance the presentation of the performing and visual arts. Falola and Salm (2002, p: 84) stress that the fine arts cannot be separated from other forms of cultural expression because they are linked with musical, dance, and dramatic performance as well as other cultural forms such as festivals. Ghanaian textiles are important artistic expression of culture because, in their various forms, they utilize the entire range of symbolic images and can be seen in all aspects of Ghanaian life. Queens and chiefs wear expensive ornamentation and textiles to enhance their prestige within the society during festivals and other occasions.
In today’s highly globalized world, with new creative innovation sprouting up around the continent, African innovators must understand the value of their design and cultural ideas, and understand that by protecting and promoting their cultural intellectual property they can become narrators of the story of African fashion. Indigenous cultures throughout the world have fought to enshrine into law parameters to protect their cultural intellectual properties by patents or trademarks. The idea is not for African designers to fight the uphill battle of patenting traditional design, but to better establish and enhance their economic gain on the global design platform to help propel them as the industry’s leaders in African design content. Maybe more importantly, founder and creative director of online African fashion and lifestyle boutique Heritage 1960, Enyinne Owunwanne, suggests that “storytelling is one of the most meaningful methods of cultural proliferation. Fashion tells a visual story, oftentimes coupled with a story of history and tradition, and this is invaluable for promoting the sustainability of Africa culture” (Pool, n.d.).
Boat Building Boat building is a tradition deeply rooted in our culture. It is more easily identified as being of heritage value than the others mentioned thus far. Perhaps this is because boats and the sea remain of economic significance to Grenada and informs national identity. Boat building was and still is to a certain extent of crucial significance to the people of Carriacou and Petite Martinique in particular. Carriacou is home to the most famous boat building industry of the Caribbean.
2.3 Community Arts Projects (CAPs) Mzuku (2013) Argues that, the contribution of community arts projects within South African society has been positively gaining recognition internationally and provides a fascinating area of study for researchers and scholars. Community arts projects, as a global phenomenon, are known for their accessibility, allowing for an open participation of professional artists and community members for training and creative purposes. Lochner (2010) Mention that within South Africa there have been many artists who come from disadvantaged background and disadvantaged communities and have benefitted, or relied on, the presence of community art centers or arts projects to begin their artistic careers. I will argue how such projects engage with the development of Kwa-Dlangezwa (Ongoye) and expression of local cultural diversity in the context of