Does Beyoncé really need to start her Grammy's performance with a hundred man military police escort? Back-up dancers dressed up in black-camoflauge soldier costumes with guns and bullet-proof vests is somewhat of a cliché in pop stage performances nowadays. The effect is to make us comfortable with the promised police state of 1984, or it is a reflection of the militant culture we live in already. Whether chicken or egg, the music industry is too often a tool of the darkening culture of wartime. As Jay-Z says in the lyrics to the so awarded Best Song of the Year, (Who's Gonna) Run This Town
This is Roc Nation
Pledge your allegiance
Get your fatigues on
All black everything
Ironically the greatest concentration of diversity is in this tiny world music category. Below is a picture of the album cover that won Mamadou Diabate the “Best Traditional World Music Album, Vocal or Instrumental” award. And with that picture, the list of other World Music nominees who offer so much richer a musical experience than that which serves the militant, violent and de-humanizing cause of pop culture right now.
Best Traditional World Music Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)
Rahim Alhaj And Amjad Ali Khan
•La Guerra No
John Santos Y El Coro Folklórico Kindembo
•Drum Music Land
Ten Drum Art Percussion Group
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