Personal Opinion of Popular World Music

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Kecak is a form of Balinese dance that originated in the 1930s. It is also known as the “Ramayana Monkey Chant” because of the way the song is performed. Men are typically the ones that perform this piece of music. On CD 2 the song “Kecak” stuck out to me in a good way than the others. I say this because I really like the way it starts off. It starts off slow then speeds up. Also I like the fact that there are no instruments used in the piece. The musicians’ voices make the music and that really stands out the most to me. The Beleganjur is one of the most popular styles of Gamelan music. the original and main purpose of the Beleganjur was to help the armies into battle to make them feel safe and also strike fear into the hearts of the enemy. The instruments used in this piece are gongs, cymbals, and two different sounding drums. This is another song that I liked as well. To start off there seems like so many instruments are being played. Then there is this one instrument keeping the same beat throughout while the song is being played. Another reason why I like this particular piece of music is because it isn’t very long. Tito Puente is the original author of “Oye Como Va”. This song was made in 1963 by him. However many believed that Carlos Santana is the author of this piece. Tito in his day was known as the “King of Jazz” because of the type of music he performed. He was known for putting together different styles of music and making it into his own and also putting a twist on Latin music. Oye Como Va is more of a modern sounding type of music to me and that is one of the reasons why I like it so much. There are several of instruments used in this piece. The way the melody switches is so appealing to me. The s... ... middle of paper ... ... in the song “The Cuckoo’s Hornpipe” I found it to be very annoying. I’m not sure if was a flute, bagpipes or some other instrument being played. I do not know much about music but when the song first started I was not sure of what was going on because there was no set rhythm. There were no words, beat or anything. It seemed like a whole bunch of music notes put together. Music to me is supposed to consist of beats, rhythm, and flow nicely this particular piece did not do that. This song was all over the place. Works Cited Astrid, Martin, and Julia Randall. "Kecak - The Monkey Chant." Bali -. N.p., 2002. Web. 9 Nov. 2013. "Beleganjur." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 26 Oct. 2013. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. "SEAMUS ENNIS BIOGRAPHY." SEAMUS ENNIS BIOGRAPHY. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013. "Tito Puente Biography." A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.

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