Shakira and Alejandro Sanz Performing La Tortura

This video clip features Shakira and Alejandro Sanz live on stage together in a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was organized in an event for fund raising in favour of some part of the population with a social disadvantage.
When we present such a kind of songs in this blog, we usually point out the lack of artistry and focus on saleability of these products made by an uniformly dominated international entertainment industry. Since this concert was organized for a ‘good reason’ we will be more indulgent. However, we still think that this entertainment industry is making tons of money which comes from the pockets of the fans and we are convinced that the enterprises and benefitting stars should put this money from their own pockets instead of using a cover of pretended social commitment with the sole interest of making more publicity for their signed ‘artists’ and to distort the image of a personal profit oriented business by making it appear a socially commited enterprise. Something similar happens when the record labels ask youtube to withdraw certain video clips from the world’s most important moving pictures archieve, claiming copyrights and bringing up arguments like they have to protect the interests of their signed artists when in fact these artists usually like to gain more popularity and don’t receive significant royalties.

Bolibana Hip Hop Song by NeedOne from African Country Mali

This music video clip shows music from Africa. It is not the original african polyrhythmic sound, instead it shows some african rap music. Very interesting example of how music forms part of the culture and how globalization and modern communication in general contribute to create a ‘global identity’ with products acceptable all around the world.
Mali is known for its rhythmic variety that combines several different beats over the same time, so to say. Let’s say they traditionally combine a waltz in 3/4 with a swing in 4/4 which is played slightly faster so that the first count of each bar has the first beat of the waltz and of the swing at the same moment while for the rest of the bar both rhythms have no coincidence.
Now listen to the music from this video clip and see that the 4/4 hip hop beat has taken over. If it wouldn’t be for the instruments and melodies in the background, you could say that this music is from New York or any other north american city.
However, this song still speaks about social issues, Bolibana is a slum in Bamako, the capital of Mali, a West African country. The artist NeedOne grew up there and the video shows pictures of it. We don’t understand the lyrics themselves, but we’re sure the words talk about several issues related to the life in the slums all over the world where people pay the toll for others to live in nice neighbourhoods with fancy cars and other privilleges.
Fot those of you who want to learn more about hip hop and rap music, we recommend to visit this page with more videos of hip hop and rap artists as well as domcumentary videos about this new communication channel.

Albert Hammond playing It Never Rains in Southern California

This is a video clip with Albert Hammond performing It Never Rains in Southern California, his only hit. It is pop music from the early seventies and shouldn’t even be called music. Very easy going, just to turn off your brain and enter the brainless masses who think such a thing can be called music. Compare it to the rest of the songs and pieces published here on the Music Video Guide and you will see that the pop category is the less interesting one in terms of music. It might get the most readers though, since this type of performance is what the music industry is interested in: a very easy harmonic base with only 3 or 4 basic chords, no tonal colours like major sevenths or other notes that make a chord more colourfull, no complicated lyrics, a well dressed guy. That ensures saleability in every part of the world since it sounds the same all over the globe. Listen to some chinese pop music, for example, and it will sound the same as any pop song produced in England or South Africa. We include this kind of song only to illustrate our point that music is more than words. If you use words in music, please do it with intelligence like Frank Zappa or use them to expose the beauty of the human voice, like Ella Fitzgerald singing with Joe Pass.
This particular song was rerecorded by a country-pop band called Trent Summar and the New Row Mob who republished it on an album called “Live at 12th and Porter.”