I love the food, the people and exploring the fascinating cultural changes that are happening fast…but more importantly, I was enthusiastically expectant about the music. I imagined a rhythmic-fusion between East/West, a cross-cultural mash up of indigenous and established ‘rock’ instruments plus vocal cords re-arranging syllables and sounds in ways that my more western perspective delights in…
As I observed and participated in various worship encounters, each passing day brought another dose of a style I can only label as ‘Hill-Jesus Song-Culture’ . Please hear me, I am saying nothing negative about Hillsong or Jesus Culture – on the contrary, I am thankful and full of respect – BUT deeper questions emerged. Where is the authentic, indiginous, ancient enriched, future-innovative, musical voice of India? Do they not believe they have something unique to nurture and express?
On a wider scale, I wonder if the globalisation of worship music for mass consumption is silencing and surpassing cultural stylistic differences – and so it’s goodbye to geographical creativity and diversity and hello to ‘the worship brand’. The ultimate conclusion will be that wherever you collectively worship in a contemporary fashion, the same song, style and delivery awaits! I am aware that influence plays a big part and there is nothing wrong with being inspired by other people, genres and sounds but if it represses the authentic indigenous expression or sub-conciously infers that ‘THIS one way is THE way’ – then we will all become victims of creativity-theft.
We are born originals and God’s design is infinitely vast and diverse! These are two things I intentionally try and remember whenever I travel to train and encourage the creative class so that a ‘one-single-currency’ does not operate within the global sound of music!
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