The western museal classification and its effect on social cohesion
April 26, 2016 in African renaissance, Afrique, Culture & lifestyle, Politique & Société
New age philosophers and their followers keep saying that a cohesion between westerners and the rest of the world could be possible if we the non-westerners keep being open minded. The truth lies somewhere else, though. I haven’t seen any group on this planet that’s as open minded as the Africans in general are. Perhaps on another planet… perhaps.
Most African cultures hold that natural quality of bridging one community to another. The thing is, when I switch the radio on, I don’t hear African songs. That was my first cultural shock when I came in The Netherlands.
So, how can westerners with their secluded minds get to know the world?
How could westerners build sane relationships with the rest of the world? The western museal classification of artistic expressions made African cultures inaccessible, when not folkloric. They even call it “world art”… “world music”. So is there Music at one hand and Music of the world, at the other? Apparently yes.
If a consequence of such classification on westerners appears to be very clear to all, its effect on the diaspora can be described as very alarming. Individuals of African descent (the carribeans predominantly) remain disconnected from the Africans living on/coming from the continent. Due to that western museal classification, it takes someone from Guyana or Suriname a huge amount of effort and investment to get along with his African peers. Culturally speaking, nothing of the contemporary mainstream mediatized music and arts connects the Africans to the people of Afro descent; nor does anything connect westerners to the Africans, in that field.
Could a failure to achieving multicultural cohesion in most western societies be explained by this?
An entire profundity, richness and meta-communication are just absent in our interactions, just because western elites are frightened by the idea of losing their legendary self seclusion and racistic game.
Marks of culturally open-mindedness
African music could have connected individuals from different horizons if westerners via their elites allowed themselves more open-mindedness; in other words if they broadcast music from all over the world for instance.
The way of dealing with instruments, the vocals, the lingua francae(another proof of open-mindedness) are just few of the myriad opportunities to name westerners have in hand as to do something about their self seclusion.
Although creole tongues are results of cultural assimilation and colonialism, there is a space for perceiving both creolization and linguae francae as being true marks of cultural tolerance and open-mindedness.
Unlike the “rest of world”, westerners don’t really have linguae francae.
Don’t they only have classical languages their elites manipulate the rest of the world into speaking?
Yet, when I exchange with individuals I encounter during daily chores, I hear how I’m not open minded enough, mostly when I show my against-the-stream face.
Here are people who have their whole life listened to abusively promoted Rock, Pop and now Autotunes and think they are more open minded to other cultures than anyone else?
By checking up on intercultural cohesion in western societies, one can sense the cultural universe one has missed just because one was born and/or grew up under western elite’s manipulation.
I frankly can’t explain to myself how in the world individuals born in the west, would think they are more open minded than anyone raised in a field open to influences of all kinds.
“You don’t even speak one African word”; I threw to that stranger.
As soon as he started his “Aku…”, I immediately stopped him with a “No, no, no. Akuna matata doesn’t count”.
Most westerners lack the cultural richness the Africans have. It’s them who are not open minded.
Something can still be done, since it’s never late.
I salute the few westerners who are doing the amazing work their elite haven’t done; the dance company l’Afrique for instance:
Book them and broaden your horizons.
Further, a vibrant homage to our lost Papa Wemba.
De la pensée naturaliste au Réalisme cosmogonique Africain