The Cambridge companion to Caribbean music

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Cambridge University Press,, Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States, p.xxiv, 247 pages : (2022)

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(OCoLC)fst00889115, (OCoLC)fst01071422, bisacsh, Caraïbes (Région), Caribbean Area, Caribbean Area., Decolonization, Decolonization., Décolonisation, fast, Histoire et critique., History and criticism., MUSIC / Ethnomusicology., Musique populaire, Popular music, Popular music.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction to the Caribbean and Its History : An Overview / Nanette de Jong -- Race and Transculturation : Cuban Son / Robin Moore -- Salsa Soundings : Puerto Rico and the Americas / Frances Aparicio -- Blackness and Identity : Dominican Merengue / Angelina Tallaj -- From the Island to Global Stages : Dominican Bachata on the Move / Deborah Pacini Hernandez -- Investigating the Caribbean's African Past : Kokomakaku Stickdance from Curaçao / Nanette de Jong -- Reframing Diasporic Belonging : Curaçao Tambú Parties in the Netherlands / Nanette de Jong -- Competition, Conflict, and Cooperation : Haitian Rara / Michael Largey -- Uncovering Hidden Histories of Meaning : Guadeloupe Gwoka / Brenda F. Berrain -- The Foundations of Rap Music and Post-colonial Emancipation : Guadeloupe Hip-Hop / Florabelle Spielmann -- Konpa, Zouk and the Politics of World Music : Haiti, Dominica, Guadeloupe and Martinique / Hélène Zamor and Apollinaire Anakesa Kululuka -- Globalization in the Reggae and Dub Diaspora : Jamaica / David V. Moskowitz -- Musical Orality and Literacy in the Transmission of Knowledge and Praxis : Trinidad and Tobago / Felicity Laurence and Nanette de Jong -- Narratives of Return : Carriacou and the Big Drum Ritual / Nanette de Jong and Linda F. Williams -- Decolonising Caribbean Imaginaries : Conclusion / Nanette de Jong and Julio Nazario."The diverse musics of the Caribbean form a vital part of the identity of individual island nations and their diasporic communities. At the same time, they witness to collective continuities and the interrelatedness that underlies the region's multi-layered complexity. This Companion introduces familiar and less familiar music practices from different nations, from reggae, calypso and salsa to tambú, méringue and soca. Its multidisciplinary, thematic approach reveals how the music was shaped by strategies of resistance and accommodation during the colonial past and how it has developed in the post-colonial present. The book encourages a comparative and syncretic approach to studying the Caribbean, one that acknowledges its patchwork of fragmented, dynamic, plural and fluid differences. It is an innovative resource for scholars and students of Caribbean musical culture, particularly those seeking a decolonising perspective on the subject. nanette de jong is a senior lecturer at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University. Her work on the Caribbean has focussed primarily on Curaçao, exploring themes of identity, ritual and cultural memory. Her monograph, Tambú: Curaçao's African-Caribbean Ritual and the Politics of Memory (Indiana University Press, 2012), was shortlisted for the 2013 Albert J. Raboteau Prize for Best Book in Africana Religions. She has worked more recently as an ethnomusicologist consultant for various NGOs and local organisations across the Caribbean and Southern Africa. De Jong is also an accomplished classical and salsa flautist."--