I am going to be performing at a wedding in the near future and I a have a bit of an issue with music selections. For the first time I will be entertaining at a mixed marriage and I have been informed the majority of guests (about 70%) will be of the bride’s family and black.
Please do not jump to any racist conclusions, I have no issues with this or playing or to anyone being black, yellow, purple, or cookie monster, but I do understand there are differences in cultural background, musical taste and for that matter tradition/s.
Any input would be helpful so I can provide 4 to 6 hours of specialized entertainment tailored for the Bride & Groom and their Guests.
I have been instructed: No Gangsta or Heavy Rap, light on the Gospel but pretty much anything else 50’s to present day.
Any suggestions, Song & artist or a particular tradition or wedding dance would be gratefully appreciated.
lol probably not the best choice... have you heard of a song called Jump the Broom... its light and jazzy and was played at one of my friends wedding. Everyone there seemed to like it, but not sure how it would sound being played by a white performer.
It's not your fault...I got married in Hawaii since my husband was leaving for 6 months and I need the benefits and everything since I'm on an island by myself. So not a lot of ppl could go so no reception.
lol maybe one day in the future but for now...just have to be happy with what I did get...a wedding with my brother, and his boyfriend and parents and godparents out in Hawaii the only few that could go and a dinner at a nice hotel. then again in December we remarried getting it blessed in the church with again a dinner with some family not all and some best friends. sadly none of my husband's family could come.
but yes in the future my husband has told me time and again that he promises to give me a real wedding reception. he's so cute lol
good luck on finding good songs for the wedding you are going to.
When in doubt, ask the couple. If they give you this much leeway, that means they trust your own judgment, so don't sweat it too much. Just remember that you're playing music for people, rather than ethnic stereotypes, to enjoy.
And Gangsta rap at a wedding is rather inappropriate.
I have that part. A yes I was quite happy with the No gangata rap instruction. However wedding celebrations are different etnicity, Greek, Italian, Jewish all differ and have differnt traditons. I know those, dont know if I'm missing something from a Black southern wedding. Which is I am sure considerably different than a redneck one. I have performed at all but this type.
You might want to talk to the Bride and Groom to-be again.
For Wedding Reception music, everyone needs to be catered for, from the 1 year olds who just nod their heads to music - to the 60 year olds who still like to break-dance.
I wonder if it would be possible for her to contact some people and ask what they would like to listen to or maybe she could give you some contact numbers of guests to call. That might help prepare you. Just a suggestion.....