Discover the traditional music of the world on World Music Day

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Today we will tell you about outstanding activities that a lover of music could find in this summer solstice. Not only to enjoy but also with the aim of promoting cultural exchange through different rhythms. We are talking about this June 21st World Music Day.

During this day, Spanish cities prepare multiple free activities for all musical tastes. It will be a perfect day to enjoy the variety of rhythms and flavors on World Music Day.

How did world music day come about?

All this after November 1, 1997, be signed in Budapest the international letter of the Fête de la Musique (music festival). In which different countries committed to the idea of ​​promoting a better understanding of artistic realities current of the different countries. With it keep on June 21 as the day of the celebration.

This means offering all concerts free of charge in public or private places. From outdoor symphonies, festivals and musical marathons, opera shows, DJ sessions on the street, model competitions, to student recitals, by music fans and professional musicians.

It will be an event where you will find music from around the world. In this article, we will give you a tour of the different continents. So, you have many reasons to participate in this great party on World Music Day. So, you will want to delight yourself with the different cultural events that will be scheduled for this event.

Europe, a journey of expressions of rhythms and traditions

The musical tradition that goes back from Europe. It is expressed in concerts and symphonies that reminds us of some of the best composers in history: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Händel or Richard Strauss. Even expressions from southern Western Europe such as flamenco, expression of anguish and protest against oppression and other regional rhythms such as Catalan Sardana, Galician bagpipes, and Portuguese Fado.

Cultural and historical Africa

We also expect different African rhythms. Characterized by a wide range of traditions, with interpretations that can sometimes be long and make the audience part of them. Within the African musical instruments include a wide variety of percussion instruments such as drums. Also, maracas or kashakas and gonkoque as well as melodic instruments, string instruments such as musical bow, different types of harps or similar instruments. Many types of xylophone such as mbira, and different types of wind instruments such as flutes and trumpets.

Legendary Latin America and Folkloric

The music marked by a syncretism typical of Latin America, given by the mixture of African, indigenous and European influences -especially Spanish- is the sample of the different origins. This is clearly seen in the instruments used in traditional music; thus we find ourselves in the first place with the guitar and the piano, accompanied by percussions of bongos, congas, drums, guitar, tiple, bandola, harp, that delight us with samba, cumbia, bossa nova, merengue, trova among other rhythms.

Asia, cultural composition

Throughout Asia, music is very important. By going through the different countries that make it up, from Burma to China, you will notice how oriental melodies permeate everything and become unmistakable. There are a series of characteristics that occur everywhere: the relationship between music and religion; which highlights the use of improvisation; and similar vocal timbres, sometimes with binary rhythm, very used for theatrical accompaniments, songs, and traditional dances.

Oceania a legend with many rhythms

With a history that goes back tens of thousands of years ago, the music of Australian Aborigines is an integral part of their social, cultural and religious encounters. With a style of music that for its historical wealth where it has been discovered that they used musical notes 15,000 years ago. Aboriginal music consists of a series of melodic laments, which link with religious ceremonies, songs and dances. The music came to Oceania with the aborigines, they transmitted their culture through music, which was noted for being accompanied by instruments in its vast majority of wind like the didgeridoo, which is believed to be one of the wind instruments oldest in the world. All these rhythms with variety and different form we appreciate them in the world music day.

We hope that this article traveling through the musical diversity of the 5 continents has given you a taste of how interesting World Music Day will be where you will make a melodic journey. With a number of artistic events that will gather for this great and unforgettable event. So if you are in Europe for this June 21 do not hesitate to participate in any of these shows to experience this cultural and artistic event.

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