THE INFUENCE OF MUSIC Music is and has always been the main influence in peoples lives through out generations. It represents culture and also act as a form of identity. Its like a mirror to society reflecting the actual issues politicall,socially and economically. Music has been the influence in peoples lives depending on what generation you refer to. In each generation there seem to be different kind of music that influence the particular society. Elvis Presley in the 50s,Bob Marley in the 60s and 70s,NWA and Public enemy in the 80s and the 90s. I grew up listening to Bob Marley,he used to sing about colonialism and its impacts to the African people,he used to sing about liberation of the African continent, self awareness and also love between individuals in regardless to their ethnic or cultural backgrounds. From Zimbabwewhich he spoke against colonialist toGet up stand upin which he promotes self awareness and Warin which he spoke of life inequalities,these were the issues that faced the society during that particular generation. Musicians tends to speak about whats going on in their respective communities. Music can be the form of identification ie Hip hop is originally black music even though its now mainstream. Reggae is definetly Jamaican and Africa. Bongo flava is Tanzania and kwaito is South Africa. Music represents the culture and tradition of a certain society; Black people ways of dressing,talking And even walking can be seen and heard from their cds and music videos. Dreadlocks is part of Jamaican culture which is now the symbol of reggae music. The actual issues in the society can also be reflected by the music they listened to. Musicians can talk about issues affecting the community,wether political or social issues ie Eminem spoke of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Since music is a big influence in peoples lives it can be listened to almost anytime. We have sad music,theres happy music. Theres music that makes you wanna dance and theres music that makes you wanna sleep, music can play a big role in almost every aspect of your life. Music reminds me of the past,even when I dont remember the specifics about the dates or years on certain issues. If I happened to listen to a certain music at that time then I just look at the release date in order to refresh my memory. I can also make songs when I am in different situations ie when I take a shower I sometimes find my self singing a brand new song that I just made. Music can have a negative and /or positive impacts in ourlives. The current generation is full of cocky young people,everbody wants to be perceived as tough,people who make those kind of musics in the current music industry are always successful no matter what the impact is ie 50 cent. The current generation is also the most polluted one,music that talk about drug and sex is what sells now,its the influence that can be felt throughout the world. Theres very little room for music that promotes self awareness or any positive issues. There still some unpolluted communities that sticks to their culture and ways of life,we all have to admitt that due to the globalization process people are now able to communicate more effectively hence easy transfer of communication and material. This facilitate culture exchanging and promotes free market,that means any music can be listened anywhere in this world. This will have a negative impact since you can be influenced by the music that is not necessarily your culture. So the influence of the music always depends on the current state of a certain generation. Music can also have positive impacts,you can learn about different cultures and ways of lives through music,music can make you understand other peoples history an culture,this is positive since it can facilitate social and economical intergration in this world that we cant live without....From business deals to all sort of partnerships. When you move to a different place you will find people listening to a different kind of music depending on the community,it is very easy to find youself switching so that you can catch up hence influenced.