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Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Asia Culture Center

The 7th World Music Festival! at the Asia Culture Center

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2016-09-05

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The concept of world music has been subject to debate for some time. It is a label that has essentially been put upon music that has does not have roots in any type of modern Western musical form. The label has not been without controversy, with some complaining that it stems from a Western-centric point of view of the “other” i.e. non-Western nations, and is grounded in a history of Western imperialism against nations of color. Nonetheless, it is a label that has been embraced by the world community, and nations of color at large, to describe a wide spectrum of indigenous traditional music and its relation to modern day popular music. Some world music acts focus on authentic traditional forms of music, while others seek to blend these traditional forms of indigenous music with modern instruments or other styles of music in a process known as fusion.





From August 19th to the 20th, the Asia Culture Center hosted the 2016 ACC World Music Festival. The festival brought together acts from all corners of the globe as well as from home to produce a tantalizing lineup that drew quite a crowd to this two-day event. 







Day one started off with a bang as people packed the Haneul Madang and the ACC Theater. The first act up was Filipino group Don Juan, who gave quite a performance with their acrobatic hip-hop dance routine that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. Kalaha from Denmark were up next, and they performed an interesting blend of jazz, electronic and afro beat; an indication of how multicultural Denmark has become over the past few decades. But these two acts were nowhere near as popular as the Korean vocalist Kim Tae-Woo, formerly of the mega hit boy band GOD and widely recognized as one of Korea’s best vocalists. Throngs of people witnessed his mesmerizing performance at the Haneul Madang and they were enthralled by his swooning and crooning. Following his set, Belgium’s La Chiva Gantivawere set up at the ACC Theater. They played a raucous brand of Colombian-African influenced psych punk that was a testament to the growing diversity of Belgium’s population. Their sound borrows from all types of genres kept the crowd on their feet.




Following their set, it was back to a Korean act, 2nd Moon and Jun Su Kim, who play a blend of waltz, tango, pop, and jazz with the help of some traditional instruments. DJ Koo ended the night and turned the ACC Theater into a massive (drunken) dance party. 


Day two got off to a slightly earlier start. The first act up was Malaysia’s Aseana Percussion Unit, who were very loud but also very rhythmic. They were followed by a fusion set of traditional music with the work of Korean traditional act Namu, Denmarks Kalaha, and British jazz drummer Asaf Sirkis.



This was followed by more fusion with a set by Mia Kim and the United States’ Tommy Vig & Trio Closer. The night was capped off by an energetic set by Yemen Blues, an Israeli group set up by Yemeni Jew vocalist RaivdKahalani, which brought the crowd to its feet with its traditional Middle Eastern music mixed with blues and funk.

 

In comparison to past incarnations of this festival, the 2016 ACC World Music Festival really expanded its scope and size, which was rewarded by the large crowds that attended. Each act brought its own unique sound and style which kept the crowd’s eyes glued to the performances. Hopefully the ACC can replicate the success of this year’s festival next year and for the foreseeable future.







- Written by. Amos Farooqi, 9th ACC Reporters Corps

- Photo by.Nam Joseph, 9th ACC Reporters Corps

- Designed by. Jiyoung LEE, 9th ACC Reporters Corps


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