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Tribal music

Oh, I forgot to mention...

At Hipnotic last night, one of the troupes, Tribal Divas, were doing a piece that started with slow music, then segued into what I term Balkan Tribal Cancan music. This was a time when my Beginner students & I were waiting "backstage". As soon as the Balkan Tribal Cancan music started one of my students, who is Romanian, turned to me astonished and asked, in a puzzled tone: "Is that Egyptian music?". I replied no, and not being in a position to be more specific, I categorised it as *fingers doing the quotation marks, and shrugging to make it quite clear I'm no expert on this* "Gypsy".

"Romanian!" she declared in a very proprietorial tone!

And my mind flies off in the direction of Cultural Appropriation and Respecting Cultures...

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evil_spice
May. 14th, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
In class once I played a piece that a tribal group had used at my hafla (what can I say, nice steady beat for drills) and one of my students piped up "That's Moldovan music!". I wondered if the tribal group could have told me that.
hazelstitch
May. 14th, 2013 09:54 am (UTC)
Can't speak for all groups, but mostly we do know where our music comes from. The most recent ones we are dancing to are a Romanian piece, and a German piece (but that one is about Balkan bandits)
suzycat
May. 15th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yes, most of the groups I have seen who make my eyes roll the hardest DO know what the music is. "Here is some bellyancing to Tibetan temple music!!!"
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