It may not be surprising to you to learn that popular music has been heavily influenced by the rhythms of non-European musical traditions. As you explore the rhythm of other cultures it’s a good idea to try and relate it to familiar music. How has your musical world been shaped by the rhythmic traditions of other cultures? Are you open to new ideas and sounds like Debussy was over 100 years ago?
Describe the rhythm of the music of your two cultures. Are there any similarities? Explore any possibility of previous instances of cultural diffusion between your two cultures like the 1889 Paris World’s Fair.