Musical evolution in space.
In an ILoveMusic discussion of music producing nations wrote :
Jamaica wins any competition like this. It's so impressive for
a) the influence given it's size and economic status
b) absorbing influences from everywhere, but never producing lame imitations. You never hear bad soul or rock or techno or rap coming from Jamaica; always local blends that have absorbed them and turned them into something different.
I'd put UK and Germany equal, but if you actually do a per capita calculation, UK must win 'cos it has half the population.
Brazil and India are musical powerhouses. (I'd say they compete with the US in amount of, and variety of music produced) but because they have such large populations they won't win in this game.
Previously I've tended to compare Jamaica favourably with Brazil in that Jamaica seems better able to process music from other places. One theory I have for this is CulturalInfluenceForInternalAndExternalConsumption.
TBH though this might be a prejudice because I liked Jamaican music and wasn't so fond of Brazilian.
Now, though, I have a better appreciation of the scale and richness of Brazilian music. Not sure I'd like to make such facile claims or comparisons.