Am I alone in thinking that labelling music as "black" is racist - regardless of who is doing the labelling?
Okay, I'm probably missing the whole point of this article, but what annoyed me was the way the media and artists rush to stick people into categories of music based purely on their skin colour.
Take this paragraph;
She sounds like she heard some Aretha records once and she's got a deeper voice - that don't mean she's soul. That don't mean nothing to me in the grand scheme of my life as a black person. As a songwriter, I get what they do. As a black person, I'm like: you're telling ME this is MY music? Fuck that! They keep trying to tell me in the media what soul music is and I'm like, we KNOW what soul music is, stop fucking around with us! You're taking the piss out of every black person in the country!
Why do you have to claim a genre of music as yours, simply because of what you look like? Music is, and should always be, open to everyone from every culture, nationality, and people with different colour hair (redheads, blondes, etc).
Secondly, I don't claim rock or folk music as specifically white music, nor as "my" music. I am really not bothered about who else listens to rock, folk or old Dusty Springfield era songs. If you do, great - if not, it's your choice.
And if we are going to bring race into music, here's something to think about. "There's only one race, the human race" (Cited to the two people who I heard that from first). In the context of music, every genre is open to every person who lives, and should not be restricted to a group based on petty things like skin, hair or eye colour.
And for the record, I don't think Duffy or Adele are anything like queen Aretha Franklin. The former is more like Dusty, and the latter is another Amy Winehouse.