Samsung U600 – For all the Slider Phone Maniacs

It seems that Samsung has a fixation in making slider devices and it wouldn’t deviate from manufacturing such devices come what may. The latest gadget that has come from the Samsung factory and instantly got attracted is better known as Samsung U600. The gadget is no doubt superior and would appeal to the ordinary mobile phone user, with an array of features that makes it likable device.

The craze of slim phone, without the doubt has been, initiated by Motorola and its success inspired other manufacturers as Samsung to pitch into this field and come up with a device as good as Samsung U600. Slim effect does help, because it is stylish and also it makes this gadget fit into your palm, purse or pocket according to your convenience. This handset from the ultra edition II series is a slider device that takes the credit in becoming the slimmest slider in the world. But there are lot other features than its slim design that are waiting to get noticed in the new Samsung U600.

Let us talk about its camera, which is a high resolution 3.2 mega Pixels camera that results in giving a good picture quality that forms as one of the main attractions of this handset. We haven’t seen many 3.2 Mega Pixels camera phones from the Samsung factory and of course, Samsung U600 seems as an interesting addition in this high end line up of 3.2 Mega Pixels phones that have become a big rage amidst the mobile phone users all around the world. Talking about the other features, Samsung U600 is a Quad-Band GSM device that could be easily taken around the world in a perfect working condition along with a host of other high end connectivity features as GPRS and Bluetooth.

Then, it has the useful document viewer that brings your office work in this phone by opening the data in MS Office format. Other standard features like music player, FM radio, Java and others are also readily available in this device along with an expandable memory. Thus Samsung U600 is a nice gadget along with all the major high end features that has made it a popular handset in the mainstream mobile phone market.

Music Genres

This is a list of some of the world’s music genre and their definitions.

African Folk – Music held to be typical of a nation or ethnic group, known to all segments of its society, and preserved usually by oral tradition.

Afro jazz – Refers to jazz music which has been heavily influenced by African music. The music took elements of marabi, swing and American jazz and synthesized this into a unique fusion. The first band to really achieve this synthesis was the South African band Jazz Maniacs.

Afro-beat – Is a combination of Yoruba music, jazz, Highlife, and funk rhythms, fused with African percussion and vocal styles, popularized in Africa in the 1970s.

Afro-Pop – Afropop or Afro Pop is a term sometimes used to refer to contemporary African pop music. The term does not refer to a specific style or sound, but is used as a general term to describe African popular music.

Apala – Originally derived from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. It is a percussion-based style that developed in the late 1930s, when it was used to wake worshippers after fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Assiko – is a popular dance from the South of Cameroon. The band is usually based on a singer accompanied with a guitar, and a percussionnist playing the pulsating rhythm of Assiko with metal knives and forks on an empty bottle.

Batuque – is a music and dance genre from Cape Verde.

Bend Skin – is a kind of urban Cameroonian popular music. Kouchoum Mbada is the most well-known group associated with the genre.

Benga – Is a musical genre of Kenyan popular music. It evolved between the late 1940s and late 1960s, in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi.

Biguine – is a style of music that originated in Martinique in the 19th century. By combining the traditional bele music with the polka, the black musicians of Martinique created the biguine, which comprises three distinct styles, the biguine de salon, the biguine de bal and the biguines de rue.

Bikutsi – is a musical genre from Cameroon. It developed from the traditional styles of the Beti, or Ewondo, people, who live around the city of Yaounde.

Bongo Flava – it has a mix of rap, hip hop, and R&B for starters but these labels don’t do it justice. It’s rap, hip hop and R&B Tanzanian style: a big melting pot of tastes, history, culture and identity.

Cadence – is a particular series of intervals or chords that ends a phrase, section, or piece of music.

Calypso – is a style of Afro-Caribbean music which originated in Trinidad at about the start of the 20th century. The roots of the genre lay in the arrival of African slaves, who, not being allowed to speak with each other, communicated through song.

Chaabi – is a popular music of Morocco, very similar to the Algerian Rai.

Chimurenga – is a Zimbabwean popular music genre coined by and popularised by Thomas Mapfumo. Chimurenga is a Shona language word for struggle.

Chouval Bwa – features percussion, bamboo flute, accordion, and wax-paper/comb-type kazoo. The music originated among rural Martinicans.

Christian Rap – is a form of rap which uses Christian themes to express the songwriter’s faith.

Coladeira – is a form of music in Cape Verde. Its element ascends to funacola which is a mixture of funanáa and coladera. Famous coladera musicians includes Antoninho Travadinha.

Contemporary Christian – is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith.

Country – is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. It has roots in traditional folk music, Celtic music, blues, gospel music, hokum, and old-time music and evolved rapidly in the 1920s.

Dance Hall – is a type of Jamaican popular music which developed in the late 1970s, with exponents such as Yellowman and Shabba Ranks. It is also known as bashment. The style is characterized by a deejay singing and toasting (or rapping) over raw and danceable music riddims.

Disco – is a genre of dance-oriented pop music that was popularized in dance clubs in the mid-1970s.

Folk – in the most basic sense of the term, is music by and for the common people.

Freestyle – is a form of electronic music that is heavily influenced by Latin American culture.

Fuji – is a popular Nigerian musical genre. It arose from the improvisation Ajisari/were music tradition, which is a kind of Muslim music performed to wake believers before dawn during the Ramadan fasting season.

Funana – is a mixed Portuguese and African music and dance from Santiago, Cape Verde. It is said that the lower part of the body movement is African, and the upper part Portuguese.

Funk – is an American musical style that originated in the mid- to late-1960s when African American musicians blended soul music, soul jazz and R&B into a rhythmic, danceable new form of music.

Gangsta rap – is a subgenre of hip-hop music which developed during the late 1980s. ‘Gangsta’ is a variation on the spelling of ‘gangster’. After the popularity of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic in 1992, gangsta rap became the most commercially lucrative subgenre of hip-hop.

Genge – is a genre of hip hop music that had its beginnings in Nairobi, Kenya. The name was coined and popularized by Kenyan rapper Nonini who started off at Calif Records. It is a style that incorporates hip hop, dancehall and traditional African music styles. It is commonly sung in Sheng(slung),Swahili or local dialects.

Gnawa – is a mixture of African, Berber, and Arabic religious songs and rhythms. It combines music and acrobatic dancing. The music is both a prayer and a celebration of life.

Gospel – is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian.

Highlife – is a musical genre that originated in Ghana and spread to Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the 1920s and other West African countries.

Hip-Hop – is a style of popular music, typically consisting of a rhythmic, rhyming vocal style called rapping (also known as emceeing) over backing beats and scratching performed on a turntable by a DJ.

House – is a style of electronic dance music that was developed by dance club DJs in Chicago in the early to mid-1980s. House music is strongly influenced by elements of the late 1970s soul- and funk-infused dance music style of disco.

Indie – is a term used to describe genres, scenes, subcultures, styles and other cultural attributes in music, characterized by their independence from major commercial record labels and their autonomous, do-it-yourself approach to recording and publishing.

Instrumental – An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments.

Isicathamiya – is an a cappella singing style that originated from the South African Zulus.

Jazz – is an original American musical art form which originated around the beginning of the 20th century in African American communities in the Southern United States out of a confluence of African and European music traditions.

Jit – is a style of popular Zimbabwean dance music. It features a swift rhythm played on drums and accompanied by a guitar.

Juju – is a style of Nigerian popular music, derived from traditional Yoruba percussion. It evolved in the 1920s in urban clubs across the countries. The first jùjú recordings were by Tunde King and Ojoge Daniel from the 1920s.

Kizomba – is one of the most popular genres of dance and music from Angola. Sung generally in Portuguese, it is a genre of music with a romantic flow mixed with African rhythm.

Kwaito – is a music genre that emerged in Johannesburg, South Africa in the early 1990s. It is based on house music beats, but typically at a slower tempo and containing melodic and percussive African samples which are looped, deep basslines and often vocals, generally male, shouted or chanted rather than sung or rapped.

Kwela – is a happy, often pennywhistle based, street music from southern Africa with jazzy underpinnings. It evolved from the marabi sound and brought South African music to international prominence in the 1950s.

Lingala – Soukous (also known as Soukous or Congo, and previously as African rumba) is a musical genre that originated in the two neighbouring countries of Belgian Congo and French Congo during the 1930s and early 1940s

Makossa – is a type of music which is most popular in urban areas in Cameroon. It is similar to soukous, except it includes strong bass rhythm and a prominent horn section. It originated from a type of Duala dance called kossa, with significant influences from jazz, ambasse bey, Latin music, highlife and rumba.

Malouf – a kind of music imported to Tunisia from Andalusia after the Spanish conquest in the 15th century.

Mapouka – also known under the name of Macouka, is a traditional dance from the south-east of the Ivory Coast in the area of Dabou, sometimes carried out during religious ceremonies.

Maringa – is a West African musical genre. It evolved among the Kru people of Sierra Leone and Liberia, who used Portuguese guitars brought by sailors, combining local melodies and rhythms with Trinidadian calypso.

Marrabenta – is a form of Mozambican dance music. It was developed in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, formerly Laurenco Marques.

Mazurka – is a Polish folk dance in triple meter with a lively tempo, containing a heavy accent on the third or second beat. It is always found to have either a triplet, trill, dotted eighth note pair, or ordinary eighth note pair before two quarter notes.

Mbalax – is the national popular dance music of Senegal. It is a fusion of popular dance musics from the West such as jazz, soul, Latin, and rock blended with sabar, the traditional drumming and dance music of Senegal.

Mbaqanga – is a style of South African music with rural Zulu roots that continues to influence musicians worldwide today. The style was originated in the early 1960s.

Mbube – is a form of South African vocal music, made famous by the South African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The word mbube means “lion” in Zulu

Merengue – is a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic

Morna – is a genre of Cape Verdean music, related to Portuguese fado, Brazilian modinha, Argentinian tango, and Angolan lament.

Museve – is a popular Zimbabwe music genre. Artists include Simon Chimbetu and Alick Macheso

Oldies – term commonly used to describe a radio format that usually concentrates on Top 40 music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Oldies are typically from R&B, pop and rock music genres.

Pop – is an ample and imprecise category of modern music not defined by artistic considerations but by its potential audience or prospective market.

Quadrille – is a historic dance performed by four couples in a square formation, a precursor to traditional square dancing. It is also a style of music.

R&B – is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences, first performed by African American artists.

Rai – is a form of folk music, originated in Oran, Algeria from Bedouin shepherds, mixed with Spanish, French, African and Arabic musical forms, which dates back to the 1930s and has been primarily evolved by women in the culture.

Ragga – is a sub-genre of dancehall music or reggae, in which the instrumentation primarily consists of electronic music; sampling often serves a prominent role in raggamuffin music as well.

Rap – is the rhythmic singing delivery of rhymes and wordplay, one of the elements of hip hop music and culture.

Rara – is a form of festival music used for street processions, typically during Easter Week.

Reggae – is a music genre first developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. A particular music style that originated following on the development of ska and rocksteady. Reggae is based on a rhythm style characterized by regular chops on the off-beat, known as the skank.

Reggaeton – is a form of urban music which became popular with Latin American youth during the early 1990s. Originating in Panama, Reggaeton blends Jamaican music influences of reggae and dancehall with those of Latin America, such as bomba, plena, merengue, and bachata as well as that of hip hop and Electronica.

Rock – is a form of popular music with a prominent vocal melody accompanied by guitar, drums, and bass. Many styles of rock music also use keyboard instruments such as organ, piano, synthesizers.

Rumba – is a family of music rhythms and dance styles that originated in Africa and were introduced to Cuba and the New World by African slaves.

Salegy – is a popular type of Afropop styles exported from Madagascar. This Sub-Saharan African folk music dance originated with the Malagasy language of Madagascar, Southern Africa.

Salsa – is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad.

Samba – is one of the most popular forms of music in Brazil. It is widely viewed as Brazil’s national musical style.

Sega – is an evolved combination of traditional Music of Seychelles,Mauritian and Réunionnais music with European dance music like polka and quadrilles.

Seggae – is a music genre invented in the mid 1980s by the Mauritian Rasta singer, Joseph Reginald Topize who was sometimes known as Kaya, after a song title by Bob Marley. Seggae is a fusion of sega from the island country, Mauritius, and reggae.

Semba – is a traditional type of music from the Southern-African country of Angola. Semba is the predecessor to a variety of music styles originated from Africa, of which three of the most famous are Samba (from Brazil), Kizomba (Angolan style of music derived directly from Zouk music) and Kuduro (or Kuduru, energetic, fast-paced Angolan Techno music, so to speak).

Shona Music – is the music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. There are several different types of traditional Shona music including mbira, singing, hosho and drumming. Very often, this music will be accompanied by dancing, and participation by the audience.

Ska – is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was a precursor to rocksteady and reggae. Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues.

Slow Jam – is typically a song with an R&B-influenced melody. Slow jams are commonly R&B ballads or just downtempo songs. The term is most commonly reserved for soft-sounding songs with heavily emotional or romantic lyrical content.

Soca – is a form of dance music that originated in Trinidad from calypso. It combines the melodic lilting sound of calypso with insistent (usually electronic in recent music) percussion.

Soukous – is a musical genre that originated in the two neighbouring countries of Belgian Congo and French Congo during the 1930s and early 1940s, and which has gained popularity throughout Africa.

Soul – is a music genre that combines rhythm and blues and gospel music, originating in the United States.

Taarab – is a music genre popular in Tanzania. It is influenced by music from the cultures with a historical presence in East Africa, including music from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Taarab rose to prominence in 1928 with the rise of the genre’s first star, Siti binti Saad.

Tango – is a style of music that originated among European immigrant populations of Argentina and Uruguay. It is traditionally played by a sextet, known as the orquesta típica, which includes two violins, piano, doublebass, and two bandoneons.

Waka – is a popular Islamic-oriented Yoruba musical genre. It was pioneered and made popular by Alhaja Batile Alake from Ijebu, who took the genre into the mainstream Nigerian music by playing it at concerts and parties; also, she was the first waka singer to record an album.

Wassoulou – is a genre of West African popular music, named after the region of Wassoulou. It is performed mostly by women, using lyrics that address women’s issues regarding childbearing, fertility and polygamy.

Ziglibithy – is a style of Ivorian popular music that developed in the 1970s. It was the first major genre of music from the Ivory Coast. The first major pioneer of the style was Ernesto Djedje.

Zouglou – is a dance oriented style of music from the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) that first evolved in the 1990s. It started with students (les parents du Campus) from the University of Abidjan.

Zouk – is a style of rhythmic music originating from the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. It has its roots in kompa music from Haiti, cadence music from Dominica, as popularised by Grammacks and Exile One.

How Music Feeds Our Social Mood

When we are awake and alert, we have a predominance of beta rhythms within our neural patterns. Imagine a busy work day with a tiny adrenaline rush.

When we invest in brain wave entrainment (BWE) programs, it’s usually for purposes of relaxation. We invest in alpha and theta rhythm programs to help with stress relief and relaxation. We invest in delta rhythm programs to help with pain relief and sleep. There are all kinds of entrainment programs for other purposes too like learning good habits.

Consider this: We are conditioned into certain habits and impulses when we are awake and alert. Familiar examples might be traumatic experiences from our childhoods like emotional abuse or a terrible accident. The consequence is an invisible barrier of fear placed within the mind that can extend into all sorts of adult idiosyncrasies; these psychosocial indiscretions are difficult to counter.

On the other end of the spectrum, we push through situations that give us confidence. We always test ourselves to gain confidence in our abilities. One of the greatest tests is to find true love and happiness. First, we must have the courage to share true love and happiness with others. Imagine doing a public performance, saving a life, or giving a distraught person a reason for living.

Whether gaining fear or confidence, we do it under extreme conditions: Our hearts are pounding in our ears. We break into cold sweats. Adrenaline gushes hot through our veins as if in a life or death struggle. Our brainwaves shoot into gamma rhythms, sometimes beyond, in moments of intense stress. All things relative, people who have faced the same test 1000 times are as peaceful as can be, but their lives are at a stand still.

We can meditate on a situation. Play it in our heads again and again until we get it right, but our waking state must deal with that tense situation in real time with all the unknown factors and intricacies.

Fortunately, our subconscious and super conscious are there to guide our intuition and gut instincts. Unfortunately, we are not always raised with good, productive intuition. Sometimes, we’re not nurtured with life positive intentions, so our “knee jerk” reactions don’t always serve us or those around us.

How Our “Knee Jerk” Reactions Fail Us
In general, we tend to avoid tense situations, not because we know what might happen, but because we don’t know how to deal with adversity. What are we supposed to do when we are “nurtured” into avoiding bad situations? Our emotional securities end up telling us, “don’t rock the boat, that’s too dangerous.”

Avoiding the unknown becomes habit forming. Avoiding the “unknowns” is an idiosyncrasy caused by barriers of fear within the mind. Most people reach a point in their lives where they no longer wish to test their true metal because of fear.

At this point some people might assume that I want you to place yourself in unnecessary peril. No, that’s not what I want. We place ourselves in peril by not questioning potential evils and dangers in modern society, thereby avoiding unknowns. I ask that people educate themselves to put themselves in necessary peril.

In decadent society, mainstream media justifies and feeds our human frailties including fear. Politicians and the media consistently raise fears of maniacs, terrorist plots, economic depravities, and threat of disease. Then they point their fingers at corruption in other countries while avoiding our own. Meanwhile, another spotlight is on Charlie Sheen. Is mainstream media helping him to justify his corruption and that of others?

Decadent Society is only interested in our lower level reasoning. Mainstream marketers aim at our limbic system (id) which is instinctive, older than language, yet faster than thinking; it controls trust, attention and desire. Mainstream marketers depend on our lower level reasoning to “make the sale.” For this reason, the mainstream sells its contents like processed sweets for our instant gratification.

Mainstream music is produced with the same intention. For example, country music and gothic rock tends to resonate with depression which is based in fear. “Mature” rap and thrash metal justifies anger and vengeance within its audience. Most pop music and their artists like Katy Perry are packaged as processed sweets for our instant gratification.

How Music Feeds Our Minds
I’ve mentioned relaxation programs using BWE. For example, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson produces relaxing piano music with underlying entrainment, but it lacks intention. In general, most BWE programs:

  • Do not induce emotional intentions in listeners the way mainstream media does;
  • Only adjust our brain wave patterns without feeding any part of our emotional minds.

In direct contrast, music:

  • Induces emotional intentions in listeners by feeding id, ego, and super ego;
  • Adjusts our brain wave patterns while feeding our emotional minds.

According to the latest neuropsychology research, music containing brain wave entrainment (BWE) technology and impactful emotional content is more efficacious than BWE alone. Academic neuropsychology does not treat people as spiritual beings who require emotional impact.

Ironically, mainstream media including the music industry hires neuropsychology experts to help them make an emotional impact on their audience – and it works. The music industry connects with people at the emotional level. If you’ve ever watched American Idol, the judges like to tell contestants to “connect” with their audience, so they become marketable products.

Amid the musical genres, uplifting music feeds us in a good way. The problem is most people are attracted to music that resonates only with their id and ego. Preston Nichols in “The Music of Time” says that rock n’ roll has been engineered for decades to appeal to the id, our lower level mind patterns. According to my studies, I tend to agree.

For this reason, we also have upbeat music that feeds us in a good way. Can music that resonates with lower level mind patterns induce good intentions? Yes, as long as it also resonates with ethics, higher level mind or super ego we have balance.

Music that induces life-positive, productive intentions is not in big demand, but it exists for the few of us who crave it; for example, gospel rock, soul and some new age music resonates with our super egos, our higher level reasoning, morals and ethics because they induce good intentions.

We are attracted to that which justifies or feeds our personalities. Our favorite music usually does that, but most people only want to feed their human frailties. At times, I also have a guilty pleasures for emo-rock, probably because of Amy Lee. Sometimes, we have to face those frailties to move past them.

Nature vs. Nurture
A myriad of research on the human mind took my interest as I discovered a golden thread running through all of the music and BWE tools that resonate with us most: We love nature. We love the way it stimulates our senses.

Imagine yourself under an apple tree: All the branches are slightly different, but they’re mostly the same patterns. We can look beyond one layer and see the same pattern in the next layer, then the next; this is fractal geometry. We are attracted to nature because it reflects natural order within our minds – which are reflections of nature.

The same applies to weather phenomena. Although storms consist mostly of white noise, there are also textures and rhythms which form familiar patterns. Storms also contain choruses like wind and cadences like thunder, the same type of patterns we expect to hear in music.

Reflections of Our Minds
The music we love resonates with the fractal patterns within our minds. For this reason, younger people tend to listen to heavier, upbeat patterns like beta rhythms while older people who want to relax tend to listen to softer patterns like alpha rhythms.

More important than the music are the concepts and intentions within that music. For example, death metal reflects a subculture of dark mind patterns obsessed with dark, life-negative concepts. The neural patterns associated with these concepts simply resonate with dark mind patterns.

On the other hand, waking rhythms are also applied by artists like Sarah Brightman, Enya, and Yanni. The music they make reflects their mind patterns with enlightened, life-positive intentions.

Rhythms are resonant carriers for all of these concepts and intentions which also reflect our mind patterns.

We remember “catchy” lyrics of a song as a mantra that we sing in our heads ad infinitum because the rhythm and the concept reflects our emotions. We have an intrinsic emotional order for songs in the same way we have an intrinsic geometric order for trees or clouds.

In some way, they match our mind patterns like pieces in a puzzle. For this reason, we remember songs with the greatest emotional triggers, no matter how old we get.

Intentions within a song are like the music carried on radio waves: When we tune into those waves, we tune into the music. When we tune into the music, we tune into the intentions. Good or bad, these intentions nurture us to reflect who we are.

Let’s do ourselves a favor by feeding our minds once in a while with good intentions; it’s a balanced diet for the soul.