Sociology of Music

Sociology of Music

Sociology of Music: Buffalo Soldier and 8th Light Music is a worldwide language. Different genres come from different parts of the world, crossing over time zones and seas to reach out to another group of people to shed light on things happening where it originated from. You can listen to songs to learn about other cultures and things that are going on in the world from the perspective of those who wrote the song.

Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marled which touches on the influence of blacks and how they shaped a land which was not their home and Astronomy (8th Light) by Black Star which is a song trying to figure out just what a “Black Staff or the collective strength of the black community can do, do just that. The song Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marled was from Marled s final recording session in the year 1980. The song genre is Reggae which was first developed in Jamaica and has origins tied to many other genres such as R&B, Jazz, and Calypso. The song was released in after Marbles passing in the year 1983.

The lyrics describe a “buffalo soldier” which is defined as An African-American cavalry soldier in the heart of America which is the Midwest. The song says that this soldier (along with many others) was stolen from Africa which lets us know that Buffalo Soldiers were the product of the pattern of contact: involuntary immigration or slavery. The song goes on to say that the soldier was “fighting on arrival, fighting for survival”, this describes the soldier going through a survival of the fittest type of situation which Spencer defined as Social Darwinism.

I feel that the Black Star is the power of the African American race as a united whole that can produce change for all minorities. The song touches on racial stratification when Moms Deft says, “Blacker than my granddaddy armchair, he never really got no time to chill there, Cause this life is warfare. ” Moms Deft is talking about the Civil Rights movement when he describes this life as warfare. Later in the song they say, “Be unlucky for you like a black cat, A panther, Revolution is the answer,” which is alluding to the Black Panther Party who pushed the Black Power movement through the mid ass to the early ass.

Black Star (the group) is using multiculturalism to lend a ice to that which had been characterized as “other” or the minority. Music is a great way to learn about society. Some songs like ones put out today can help you learn about society but they will not challenge your mind and make you truly think about what the writer is trying to say through his or her lyrics. Songs such as the two I selected are great examples of songs that make you think. Buffalo Soldier and Astronomy (8th Light), force you to think about the lyrics, what is being described or what story is being told by the artist.

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