RockFrom the wikipedia, Rock music is defined as a genre of popular music that originated as “rock and roll” in the United States in the 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. It has its roots in 1940s’ and 1950s’ rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by rhythm and blues and country music.
It also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical sources. Soft or light rock on the other hand is defined as a style of music which uses the techniques of rock music (often combined with elements from folk rock) to compose a softer, more toned-down sound.
It has multiple sub genres that emerged from Rock n’ Roll as a result of cross-cultural influences and natural music evolution. It therefore goes without saying that Africa can define its own genre of Rock if bands infuse the ‘African elements‘. “Nyatiti, Wandindi, Orutu”. etc. [ Does Kenyan Rock have these elements? ]
For a comprehensive list of genres, visit this link. Rock genres.
The definitions above are for the sole purpose of addressing a common argument in the music industry over what is rock and what isn’t. The reality is that, the line is so fine no one can really tell a song’s genre especially if it incorporates elements of multiple genres and multiple cultures. For instance, incorporation of swahili in Kenyan Rock music. E.g. ( Tafadhali & Mpenzi )
In the end though, these arguments of course are trivial in the grand scheme of things. The important thing in music is the feeling it excites and the most important elements (in no particular order) are: Rhythm, Melody, Harmony, Dynamics & beat; all combining to give emotion.
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