Nick Wall has spent over four years gathering traditional music from every country in the world, from Kazakhstan to Kiribati, researching the life and culture of these countries, then weaving the music in with information, stories, and reflections about each country.
Around the World in 575 Songs: Traditional Music from all the World’s Countries is a festival of cultures in four volumes; a demonstration that for many people in this globalised world our roots are still a vital part of who we are; and an affirmation that every country and every people are special. Never before have so many stories been gathered together in one place of the struggles by musicians around the globe to keep traditional music forms and traditional instruments alive. These volumes are a vital resource, and a well of inspiration.
Publisher: Politically Correct Press
Publication date: September 10th 2018
This book is one of a set of four books which traces the import role that traditional music to a peoples’ culture, life, and understanding of who they are as a people.
This book started off as one big book but Wall soon realised that it would be better to separate them into four individual volumes. Each volume covers a different area of the world and goes into great detail about how the music for the country came about and it’s importance. When I first started reading this I approached it more like it was a novel. My advice to you, the reader, is don’t do that. The reason for that is that this series works way better when approached as a valuable set of reference books. Once I realised this and changed how I read them I found that reading this book so much better. If you would like to learn about Aboriginal music for example, this volume will fulfill this need. Likewise if you would like to learn about African music go to the volume that pertains to it.
These books have taken many years of research and it shows. However, the content is not dry or academic in style. It’s easy to read and understand which isn’t full of jargon. It would be a great resource for those studying world music, or for those who are just wanting to learn about the rich tapestry of music that makes up our world’s different cultures. I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to others. You won’t be disappointed.
Recommend for: Adults