When we listen closely to a song, sometimes it’s the sounds themselves, not just the lyrics, that tell a story. The sounds and rhythms artists bring on stage with them echo the places they’ve been.
To Moon Dekker, growing up in rural Australia meant living in a land of borrowed culture. But still, the land itself finds a way to influence the sound of his music. Things just move slower in the country. Why would you hurry? Rural life has a natural rhythm of its very own. This sense of space is a big part of the music he makes.
Juan Pastor grew up playing the folk music of his native Peru. As a percussionist, he spent years studying the cajon, which has a story all its own. Unlike Moon, he’s from a city, and was drawn as he grew older to the sometimes-frantic rhythms of jazz. But if you listen closely, you can also hear Peru’s history in his music. As a Spanish colony, the country’s musical roots include native sounds and those brought over by the slave trade.
Even though these artists come from two different places on the globe, there are still points of connection. European colonialism, in addition to spreading those African sounds and rhythms, for better or worse, serve as a musical thread that connects artists from different continents. It goes to show how music truly knows no borders.