Pop Music in the 20th century

Pop Music in the 20th century
The emergence of pop music in Asia in the 20th century was marked by a considerable impact of western music. In this respect, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that some Asian countries were in isolation from the world culture. For instance, Chinese music remained in isolation for a long time but by the end of the 20th century, Chinese and Indian pop music, especially that of Hong Kong became vulnerable to the impact of western music, especially American one. As the matter of fact, Asian pop music tended to follow the western pop music. This trend was particularly strong in regard to the development of Indian music, which traditionally viewed western music as the model to follow, while in case of pop music, Indian music just followed the lead of British and American pop music, although Indian pop music incorporated some national elements, which P. Moro, in her article “Constructions of Nation and the Classification of Music: Comparative Perspectives from Southeast and South Asia” (2004), considers to be indicators of national identity in pop music.

On analyzing the article “Constructions of Nation and the Classification of Music: Comparative Perspectives from Southeast and South Asia” by P. Moro, it is worth mentioning the fact that the author conducts the comparative analysis of the development of pop music in Southeast and South Asia and reveals a lot of similarities between South and Southeast Asia pop music. The author reveals a number of similarities in the development of pop music in Southeast and South Asia, which she explains by the growing impact of western pop music and western culture at large on the development of pop music in Asia. In this respect, the author stresses the commercialization of pop music. In fact, Moro argues that pop music has become a subject to trade and business and not just a mere entertainment as it used to be.

At the same time, the author argues that pop music has changed consistently local traditions. For instance, India had always unique, traditional music which distinguished Indian culture from others. However, the growing impact of western pop music led to consistent changes in traditional pop music in India. Indian pop stars introduced western traditions in music but, on the other hand, they preserved the use of national instruments and other elements. In such a way, the author concludes that such national elements became markers of the national identity of Indian pop musicians.

At this point, it is possible to refer to Husan Bhangra Knights, which represents a combination of traditional Indian music with pop music influenced by western, especially hip hop culture.

Thus, taking into account all above mentioned, it is important to place emphasis on the fact that Asian pop music is vulnerable to the impact of western pop music. Today, it is possible to trace the growing impact of hip hop culture on pop music in Asia, including India and Husan Bhangra Knights is one of the manifestations of such impact.

References:

Husan Bhangra Knights.
Moro, P. (2004). “Constructions of Nation and the Classification of Music: Comparative Perspectives from Southeast and South Asia.” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 35(2), p.187-193.

Pop Music in the 20th century 8.5 of 10 on the basis of 2119 Review.