China Chinese music has been made since the dawn of chinese civilization with documents and artifacts providing evidence of a well developed musical culture as early as the Zhou Dynasty. The famous dragon dance with music is also a remembered tradition. It is seen on Chinese New Year across the world by millions. Annual events such as the midi modern music festival in Bejing attract tens of thousands of visitors. There is also the Snow Music festival in Yunnan. These two events have been called the Chinese Woodstocks.
England Throughout its history, the United Kingdom has been a major exporter and source of musical innovation in the modern and contemporary eras, drawing its cultural basis from the history of the United Kingdom, from church music, from Western Culture and from the ancient and traditional folk music and instrumentation of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. In the sense of commercial music enjoyed by the people, British popular music can be seen to originate in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries with the arrival of the broaside ballad, which were sold cheaply and in great numbers until the nineteenth century. Further technological,economic,and social changes led to new forms of music in the nineteenth century,including the brass band,which produced a popular form of classical music.
South Africa African traditional music is frequently functional in nature. Performances may be long and often involve the participation of the audience. There aredifferent kinds of work songs, songs accompanying childbirth, marriage, hunting, political activities, music to ward off evil spirits and to pay respect to good spirits. None of their music is performed outside of it’s intended social context and much of it’s associated with a particular dance. Some of it, performed by professional musicians, is sacral music or ceremonial and courtly music performed at royal courts.
Greece separates into two parts: Greek traditional Greek music music and Byzantine music. Music was a major part of ancient Greek theater. In Ancient Greece, mixed gender choruses were performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual reasons. Instruments included the double-reed aulos and the plucked string instrument the Lyre, and another stringed instrument called a Kithara. Music was an important part of education in ancient Greece, and boys were taught music starting at age six. Greek musical literacy created a flowering of development; Greek music theory included the Greek musical modes, eventually became the basis for Western religious music and Classical music.
Italy The music of Italy ranges across a broad spectrum of opera and insrumental classical music and a body of popular music drawn from both native and imported sources. Music has traditionally been one of the cultural markers of Italian national and ethnic identity, and holds an importan position in society and in politics. The earliest Italian popular music was the opera of the 19th century. Opera has had a lasting effect on Italys folk, classical and popular musics
Japan The music of Japan includes a wide array of performers in distinct styles both traditional and modern. Local music often appears at karaoke venues, which are on lease from record labels. J-pop, an abbreviation for Japanese pop, is a loosely defined genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990’s. Modern J-pop has its roots in 1960’s music such as The Beatles and Kayokyoku(Japanese lyric singing music) The term was coined by the Japanese media to distinguish Japanese music from foreign music, and now refers to most popular Japanese music.
Mexico The music of Mexico is very diverse and features a wide range of different musical styles. It has been influenced by a variety of cultures, most notably indigenous Mexican and European, since the late Middle Ages. Rumba came from the black Mexican slaves in Veracruz, Mexico city, and Yucatán. The style began in Cuba and later became famous in the black community of Mexico. The history of Cumbia in Mexico is almost as old as Cumbia in Colombia. In the 1940s Colombian singers emigrated to Mexico, where they worked with the Mexican orquestra director Rafael de Paz. The Mexican music market serves as a launching pad to stardom for a lot of non-Mexican artists who are interested extending the market-range of their music.
Spain The Music of Spain has a long history and has played an important part in the development of western music. It has had a particularly strong influence upon Latin American music. The music of Spain is often associated abroad with traditions like flamenco and the classical guitar but Spanish music is, in fact, diverse from region to region. Although Spanish pop music is currently flourishing, the industry suffered for many years under Francisco Franco’s regime, with few outlets for spanish performers during the 1930’s through the 1970’s. Regardless, American and British music, especially rock and roll, had a profound impact on Spanish audiences and musicians. During the 1960s and early 1970s, tourism boomed, bringing yet more musical styles from the rest of the continent and abroad. However, it wasnt until the 1980s that Spains burgeoning pop music industry began to take off. During this time a cultural reawakening known as La MovidaMadrilena produced an explosion of new art, film and music that still exists today.
Ireland The music of Ireland is termed Irish traditional music. It has remained vibrant through the 20th, and into the 21st century, despite globalizing local forces. In recent decades Irish music in many different genres has been very successful internationally. However, the most successful genres have been rock, popular and traditional fusion. The 1960s saw the emergence of major Irish rock bands and artists, such as Van Morrison, Taste and Thin Lizzy.