Music is a core human experience and generative processes reflect cognitive capabilities. Music is often functional because it is something that can promote human well-being by facilitating human contact, human meaning, and human imagination of possibilities, tying it to our social instincts. Cognitive systems also underlie musical performance and sensibilities.
Lets Talk Muzik
Music is one of those things that we do spontaneously, reflecting brain machinery linked to communicative functions, enlarged and diversified across a broad array of human activities. Music cuts across diverse cognitive capabilities and resources, including numeric, language, and space perception.
In the same way, music intersects with cultural boundaries, facilitating our “social self” by linking our shared experiences and intentions.(Jay Schulkin and Greta B. Raglan) This is probably one of the best explanation there is as far as defining MUSIC is concerned.
For centuries music has always been influential and played an important role in the upbringing and mental strengthening of many. I must say over the years there has been artists that have been so influential and today I’m just going to open up and give you the top 5 artists I think are the greatest of all time.
Well I must say I’m not going to include gospel artists. There is no possible way I can compare two areas of different religious differences.
5. Brenda Nokuzola Fassie (3/11/64 – 9/5/04)
Affectionately known as MaBrr by her great followership. She was an Anti-Apartheid African AfroPop singer from South Africa and she established herself as the Madonna of The Townships and Queen of AfoPop. She sung a lot of hits including Vulindlela. She was signed under CCP Records.
4. Salif Keita (25/08/49)
Born in 1949 in Djoliba, Mali. Salif Keita an AfroPop singer/songwriter is known as the ‘Golden Voice of Africa’. He is also the singer of the widely appreciated song ‘Africa’. He is also a direct descendent of the Founder of the Mali Empire Sundiata Keita.
3. Michael Bolton (26/02/53)
An American singer/songwriter and guitarist Michael Bolton has sold over 75 million records, recorded 8 top ten albums and 2 number one singles on Billboard charts. He has won multiple American Music Awards and Grammy Awards. Known as a pop-rock or adult contemporary artist Michael is the artist behind the song ‘Said I love you but I lied’.
2. Dolly Rebecca Parton (19/01/46)
American Singer and Actress Dolly Parton is one of the most successfull female artist of all time. The writer of ‘I will always love you’ and ‘Jolene’ she is a singer/songwriter and she plays the guitar, piano and banjo.
She has garnered 8 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 46 Grammy nominations, tying her with Bruce Springsteen for the most Grammy nominations.
1. Michael Joseph Jackson (29/08/58 – 25/06/09)
Also known as The King Of Pop Michael Jackson is my greatest artist of all time. His contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. Hit songs included Billie Jean, Thriller, Human Nature, Man In The Mirror, Dirty Diana and many more.
Thriller is the all time best selling album. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records, 13 Grammy Awards, and the Grammy Legend Award, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards more than any other artist including the “Artist of the Century” and “Artist of the 1980s”, 13 number-one singles in the United States during his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era and estimated sales of over 400 million records worldwide.
MJ has won hundreds of awards, making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. He became the first artist in history to have a top ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades when “Love Never Felt So Good” reached number nine on May 21, 2014. There you have it, of course we have a lot of influencial musicians but these artists’ archievements says it all!