The life of individuals in incomplete without the sounds of music. The would have been a very quiet place if music was not introduced. Music is an indication as to how things used to in the past, the way they are at present and what will they be like in future.
Music has given a definition to our society and it directly reflects the true picture of the society. It has also been proven that music increases the level of intelligence. Every language has music of their own. Similarly Sranan language also has the music that they can call their own..
Sranan also known as Sranan Tongo is the Creole language spoken by the people in Suriname in North East South America. Other places where Sranan is spoken are Aruba, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles. Today there are more than 126,000 native speakers of this language in the world.
It is the mother tongue of the people in Suriname who are the descendants of the slaves that were brought from African countries during the colonial period. It is the communication bridge between the different ethnic group people that reside in Suriname.
Sranan music is the heart of these people. The music is characterized by simple morphology and words as the vocabulary of this language is relatively small. The songs of Sranan Music tell the tales of the brutality their forefathers had to face during the colonial rule. It also talks about their great stories and victories.
Sranan music was initially developed by the people to overcome their pains and miseries. Music used to help them go through the hard times. However today the Sranan music is used today as a source of entertainment and celebration. There are songs for all ceremonies including cremation and mourning.
Sranan music is very easy to understand and it is relatively simple. The songs are very well written and composed to bring out the inner feelings of the singer through words. In Sranan music words of different cultures are used together which makes these songs a multi cultural music.
This art of music is used by the people of the community as means of communication of their emotions and expressions. It appeals to the conscious as well as unconscious mind.Like any other form of music, Sranan music has also progressed over the period of time.
It has incorporated many new words and sounds to make it approachable to more ethnic groups. Sranan music consists of words which are shared between Cutch, Javanese, Hindustani and Chinese speaking communities. Thus it makes it makes the music reachable to a larger population because the people other societies can relate to it.
The credit for the popularity of this music should be given to the music artists and composers of 19th century who were among the first people to promote the Sranan music. The used Sranan language in their work and created music that touches everyone’s soul. Sranan music is very is very soothing and comforting to the human soul.