Musicians Guide to Regional Music of the World
Regional music refers to music that has specifically developed in a particular area and is played mostly in that native region. The music will often feature instruments unique to that area.
Let us explore a few examples of regional music. Gagaku, which is Japanese Imperial Court music, has vocal arrangements involving advanced musical techniques. Gagaku can be performed as instrumentals, songs and chanted poetry or music and dances. Instruments used include the mouth organ, oboe, Japanese harp, lute and bronze gong.
The mbira is an instrument used to produce music by the Shona people in Zimbabwe. This music is played at religious rituals as well as on social occasions.
Music forms an integral part of culture. Thus, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, each region has its own musical influence. Why not delve into the fascinating history of the music of your region.