Music is for frivolous entertainment, and it has been used historically to bring social awareness of the situation and the comprehensive outlook of the situation. Music of each era and in each culture is used to represent and symbolize the culture of the place. The role of social justice and egalitarianism was brought to the masses by using this tool. For example, the specific song “Yankee Doodle” was sung by the British troops during the colonization of America. It was a song that was designed to mock the Yankees about their simpleton ideologies (Lemay 436). In the American Revolution to the same song, many more verses were added by the American people. The song that was originally sung to mock a culture was turned into something as a nationalistic pride. The same song was sung with different lyrics to motivate the people and also incite passion towards the revolution (Lemay 441). This shows that music can be a used for instruments of change. The same music has been used in many of the political innuendos.Music played an important role to stress the role of equality among people in the societies.
This is seen with the integral role music played in the Civil rights movement. For example, the Blues genre of music is considered to be a unique distinctive form of African-American cultural expression. It had emerged during the Reconstruction era of the 19th century. The nuances of migration towards the American South are explored and explained in this music. Jazz music and Blues music were used interchangeably to explain the role of the black-nationalists. The same kind of music was used in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa (Eyerman and Jamison 71). In the United States, for the people, the rhetoric of Civil rights movement was exemplified by using musical tools. For the people to gain equality and racial justice esp. during important movement such as civil rights movement, music was used to politically protest the culture. Vietnam was a heavily scrutinized war that had caused havoc to the US in 1960s ((Eyerman and Jamison 73). It really divided the nations and this was reflected by using musical forms of expression.