Jazz is dead. Blues is dead. West African Big-Band Highlife is dead. What does "dead" mean for a musical genre? Nobody plays it anymore? Nobody produces recordings of it? Nobody reissues old recordings of it? It sounds just like it did a year ago? Five years ago? 500 years ago? It's not popular music any more? You can't make a living at it? Its original social context is gone? It's uncool? It's a term that puzzles me.