The summer is dwindling down to its inevitable end, taking my time at OIMA with it. It's been fun, to say the very least! I managed to get a ton of awesome music onto the site, and blog about topics deeply meaningful to me. But tomorrow, I clear off my desk, pack up my bags, and hand in my key to the office. And this, sadly, is to be my final post!
As much as I love World Fusion (and, believe me, I do love fusional music), I have a thing for the uber-traditional stuff. I'm enchanted by the idea of history playing in my ears, hearing songs that moved people in ages long ago.
In my search for World Musicians, I recently discovered NIMBAYA!, an all-female drum and dance company based in Guinea, who are currently on a world tour ("The hit of Montreal's Nuits d'Afrique Festival!" according to Ottawa Express). Their bio on their website begins like this:
I think one of the dangers of the World Music genre is that it can promote a West-centric "them-and-us" approach to music of other cultures, where "World Music" just means any music that's not Canadian/American/European. When in fact (and hopefully this isn't a major news flash), "the West" is part of the World!
I'm Swadhi, the World Music Archive Coordinator here at OIMA for the summer. For the next month and a half, my days will consist of listening to tons of awesome music, contacting artists across Ontario, and helping build a digital library of songs to be accessible and available to all for years to come!
Yep, it's a pretty sweet summer job. And not to sound corny, but I actually find my work quite meaningful too.