>We have tons of names for genres for western music
>Most westerners just refer to music from Africa, Asia, etc as "world music"
Why are we such self-centered assholes?
You are so so so fucking right on the money I questioned this myself a few months ago now I'm trying to learn more about the culture and not just the music gives you proper appreciation for all things music.
That's a terrible point, you moron. Most people don't know all the subgenre names for Western music either and other music does have subgenre names (again, that most people don't know). The people who know the difference between minimalism and free improvisation also know the difference between gamelan and afrobeat. People know the names of the styles of music they listen to, that's just common sense. Try harder next time.
>we have tons of names for rock subgenres
>most people just refer to all pre-20th century art music as "classical music"
>we have tons of names for various types of electronic genres
>most people just refer to all improv-based blues-rooted music as "jazz"
It's all relative
Everything can be lumped into some kind of meta-genre
I bet you spend weeks learning about all the different styles of music from one part of Asia or Africa and still sum up huge, diverse genres with labels like "Latin music" or "Hungarian folk"
le epic empire racism
hmm i dunno how about the fact that the living standards are much higher in the west than elsewhere because it's been enriched massively by hundreds of years of colonial pillaging
nice historical ignorance bro
This isn't even true, musical diversity is accelerated by industrialization of it, and you can see diverse names for diverse and often nationally unique genres in countries with semi-healthy music industries. Your more limited by language barriers and distance.
World music is just a section that music stores use as a catch all because they don't want tons of confusing dividers
It's why half every stores' music is under rock & pop. If it aint broke, don't fix it
I spend as much time exploring as I do listening to Europe and US music
The level of precision we use/need depends on how familiar we are with the thing in question.
Although "world music" is pushing it (and probably frowned upon in many circles), I think saying "traditional African music" or "traditional Egyptian music" or whatever is okay. People in other countries also talk about "Occidental music" — simplistic, but understandable.
We're getting more precise too nowadays, look at all the subgenres listed there for instance:
>railway system designed to extract resources
>improved standard of living
sure if you consider manufactured famines as a form of population control as an improved standard of living
seriously just read a fucking book
Everyone is self centered. I'm sure people in other parts of the world have names for genres native to them, and don't give a fuck about most of the stuff from elsewhere. If not, that's their deal, not mine.
those tags scream ignorance not necessarily by you but by the taggers. proves ops point exactly. i wouldn't see someones tag cloud have USA, North American, UK, Canada music, etc.
>We have Western music
>We have Country-Western music
>We have Western Swing music
>We have Western Close Harmony music
Damn, America makes me proud sometimes.
If you feel this way you should start posting in the daily /trad/ generals :^) we can all learn more about different cultures and their musical heritage :^)