Cultural Adoption is Not Appropriation

Borrowing from a culture is a sign of love and respect

British soul singer Joss Stone — photo: Benoît Derrier, Stockholm, Sweden

“unmistakable references to funk, R&B, and New Jack Swing in his art have long sparked whispers of appropriation — and lawsuits over alleged similarities — because he is not black, but owes his success to black music. (Mars’s background includes Filipino, Puerto Rican, Spanish, and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.)” (The Vulture).

“In fact, during the 1920s which became known as the “Jazz Age,” jazz musicians rapidly turned to classical music as a medium through which jazz could be further developed. […] On the other side of the coin, as jazz developed, grew, established its identity, and began to adopt classical elements, jazz elements similarly began to surface in classical music.”

“Jazz is a way to explain the collapse of racial segregation era in United States.”

Charlie Pride

“one of the few African Americans to have enjoyed considerable success in the country music industry and one of only three (along with DeFord Bailey and Darius Rucker) to have been inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.”

Saxophone virtuoso and stereotype-breaker Grace Kelly

Retired recording, touring musician, lousy coder, 1990 Internet agency founder, podcaster since 2006, learning saxophone in 2018.

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