Thanks to a globally connected culture, young people around the world are transplanting Western genres into an entirely new setting.
These 4 artists and bands are musical pioneers, blending imported Western music with their own cultural heritage in a form of conscious globalisation. Check out their music below:
Grime in Japan: Pakin
If you’re a follower of any of the grime Youtube channels you might have seen MC Pakin pop up before. Probably the only grime artist in the world dropping bars in another language, you shouldn’t let the language barrier put you off. This artist manages to adapt the Japanese language to grime’s staccato delivery admirably. He also has connections to the UK grime scene, having collaborated with Birmingham’s own Devilman.
Metal in Saudi Arabia: Al Namrood
When you think about the world’s most repressive regimes, Saudi Arabia comes high up on the list (just under North Korea). It’s the last place you’d expect an anti-religious heavy metal band to spring up, yet here they are. Al Namrood have managed to release a fair few albums despite having to hide their identities from the authorities. Their style manages to mix Arabic instruments with the heavier style of metal to create something truly unique.
Hip-hop in Greenland: Nuuk Posse
Conceived in the inner city areas of the USA, hip-hop isn’t something you’d associate with the Arctic circle. Yet the genre found resonance among the marginalised Inuit youth of Greenland, and even spawned an Inuit hip-hop act of their own. Formed in 1985, the crew are still going strong after 21 years. Their raps are a mixture of Danish, English and the native Kalaallisut language.
Country Music in Iran: Bomrani
In a country whose national catchphrase is “Death to America” the last thing you’d expect is a blues and country band, right? Meet Bomrani, the Isalmic Republic’s first own blues-country act. The group blends trademark blues guitar and harmonica with elements that are distinctly more Persian to create another interesting fusion. Formed in 2010, they’re still going strong.