Friday, October 22, 2010

Day 23: Little Big Controversy

So you're playing "Little Big Planet" on your PS and you get to the stage 'Swinging Safari,' and this absolutely beautiful music track begins playing; you wonder, what is this music? I must have it at once! Alas, CONTROVERSY!

When the game came out a couple years back and my soul desired the song, I was told a Little Big story of controversy surrounding this musical track (which I was reminded of today as I played the game). "Little Big Planet" had a delayed release because of this track back in Oct. of 2008, as Sony needed to take out the lyrics from the song. The original, gorgeous song "Tapha Niang" by Toumani Diabate contains two lines from the Qur'an, roughly translated as "Every soul shall have the taste of death" and "All that is on earth will perish." Sony probably felt it fitting to avoid a hullabaloo and took out the lyrics from the track.

Some argue that Sony was in the right for being sensitive to some Muslims who may be offended, while others argue that it was an action of taking away Muslims' freedom of speech (article). For my part, the song (with lyrics) is simply beautiful, and what better way to speak of God and faith than through music? What better way to worship than to use the harmonious voices and sounds given to us by Him, in a way that uplifts us through multiple senses? Rather than feel fear, why not feel complete love as you listen to sounds and rhythms that fill your whole soul with joy?

Shoot, I just like the track.
(Song 'Tapha Niang' available for your immediate listening pleasure top right "Music Mood" or here)

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