The Difference Between American Music…. And Music From The Rest of The World

One good thing about having several backgrounds and cultures is being able to be open-minded, welcome diversity and experience music from all over the world. I was made in Africa, born in France and adopted by the United States. And like many of us, American music was a big influence.


American Music

I grew up listening to African music but for as long as I can remember American music was there as well. My dad had (still has) VHSs full of videos of Kool N The Gang, Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, Bruce Springsteen etc… Being that I was in France, I was also exposed to French musicians such as Florent Pagny, Jean-Jacques Goldman (not French), Claude François even Mike Brant!

But American music really started having an impact on my life during my early teens. And as of today, the only permanent and positive impact it had was helping me improve my English and thus getting me good grades.

My teen years were filled with songs from Puff Daddy (yes that used to be his name) and the Bad Boy crew, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dog, Warren G, Naughty by Nature, Salt n Pepa, Patra… It was the good old days… And although you see a few names being mentioned, although the names are different, would you believe it if you were told that, at the end of the day, their songs are all the same: they always talk about the same things on different tunes with different voices: sex, drugs and women/men.


Music From Other Countries

And so after a while, I actually got tired of American music and I started listening (again) to K-Pop, K-Pop, French Music and African Music. And I could actually identify with the music. Because the lyrics and themes are different curse words are almost non – existent. The respect towards the opposite sex be it man or woman is there. The music actually conveys a positive message even when the story is sad and most importantly they talk about many different aspects.

Today, I can’t honestly tell you when was the last American song that played on my phone and I live in America. My Spotify lists are full of World songs, I don’t listen to the radio. I couldn’t name one song from SZA (most nominated female at the 2018 Grammys) or the name of any American artists that emerged after Jay-Z’s “Fade to Black” album.

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