Song challenge

I’m not sure what the rules are for the music challenge that are doing the rounds on WordPress right now? So I’m just going to make up my own thing. And then feign ignorance about the whole endeavor when I get it wrong. (Standard Joey modus operandi)


Cultural appropriation is a hot topic. Why this should be so, mystifies me…. then again almost every form of nationalism and culture(ism) mystifies me… it all seems to get so dangerously stupid so very quickly. That’s not to say you can’t be proud of the traditions of your ancestors… but that is not the same as being outraged by someone, for example, that is not from your ‘tribe’ wearing a traditional dress that you perceive with some sense of patented ownership and exclusivity.

That’s also not to say the idiots on the other side of the fence are any better. The amount of times I’ve been subjected to the ‘well if you’re so hung up on ‘your culture’ why aren’t you living in a mud hut counter argument. Oh and stop using ‘our’ western medicine, technology etc. God… sometimes it’s tough just get out of bed in the morning with all this tit for tat reasoning being bandied about. You’d think we could have moved on from these playground dynamics by now.

Anyways. I’ve chosen Christopher Tin’s ‘version’ of Baba yetu as my song.

Which… as far as I can tell… is ALL about ‘cultural appropriation. It’s a European orchestra featuring a Black South African Gospel choir singing a Swahili translation of a Christian prayer. All directed by a Chinese American. It was also the theme song for a video game and was the first song from a game to win a Grammy. Its doesn’t get more culturally appropriated than that.

And you know what? It’s awesome. Cultural appropriation fosters tolerance and is one of the greatest forces for good there is. Just roll with it and stop getting all bent out of shape.

Disagree with me? Change my mind in the comments section below.

9 thoughts on “Song challenge

  1. I tend to always make up rules with these things. High five. haha wow I don’t think I have ever actually written those words out before.
    Thought I would visit as I haven’t been on WP too much lately.
    I agree with you about cultural appropriation. I am so bewildered by it. I even wrote a poem about anti tribalism…I am struggling to understand our rush back to the past on these issues.
    Just the other night I was watching an Aussie house design show and they proudly said that it is somewhat of an Aussie custom to take ideas and traditions from all over the world and adopt them as our own. hehe That’s just how outrageously cheeky we are. It’s never been a problem before. Always considered an homage to all parts of the world to contribute great ideas and bring the best of them together. It hardly means disrespect. It means growth, imho. And where do you draw a line? How far back do we go? Ugh, it makes my head hurt.
    This is a beautiful piece of music too, btw. Thanks for sharing it.

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      1. hahaha
        I am sorry to throw a spanner in that one but I am from the state of free settlers 😋
        (and just last night there was a doco on the ABC about one of our main Lutheran missions here where they explained that the Lutherans were the first ones to not force the aborigines to forget their culture and language, but quite the opposite. The missionaries learned it then taught them to read and write it and be proud of it. It all still exists because of them. They protected them from eugenic policies and from their families being split up. They were also the first ones to get the ball rolling on land rights etc. Anyway, just saying lol).


      2. hahaha thanks for the non metric clarification.

        Australia went through a racist crisis with the “stolen generation”, the children who had white fathers were being “stolen” by the government, they would come around in “welfare” trucks and literally kidnapped them, but the missionaries refused and fought back to protect the families. But what most people dont’ know, is that in those particular tribes, it was also a law that if you were the baby of a white father, you would be killed. One of the missionary wives saved one of those babies and returned her to her mother, and said that this must stop. And they changed such laws and never did it again. There are all of these untold stories of these different worldviews coming together to make something better. It’s so inspiring. (We have church members who have connections there, who know the woman who talks about that happening to her in the film ‘the Song Keepers’.)


      3. I must be honest I find travelling to the States so completely mirror world and alien. Fahrenheit, GST, Miles, lbs, inches… gah.

        I’ve heard about the stolen generation. But in a very general sense… its pretty horrific what European colonists did to any indigenous population they found. South America, North America, Africa, India, Aus… no one was spared.

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      4. I agree, I mean it’s a mix for me, now we’ve been back in Australia for 12 years, I still think in inches and feet, but I prefer Celsius to Fahrenheit. I’m distance and conversion challenged most of the time.
        Yes, it’s enough to trigger PTSD just reading about it. So tragic.


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