Caribbean Currents; Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566393393
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

The Caribbean at a Glance
1 Introduction: The Caribbean Crucible 1
The Indian Heritage 2
The African Heritage 5
Patterns of Musical Retention 10
The European Heritage 12
Creolization 14
2 Cuba 17
A Day in Havana, 1986 17
The Cuban Crucible 19
African-derived Musics 20
Rumba 24
A Music Festival in Santiago de Cuba 27
European-derived Musics 29
The Son and Modern Cuban Dance Music 35
"Socialism with Pachanga" 44
3 Puerto Rico 51
Cuba and Puerto Rico: "The Two Wings of the Same Bird" 52
European-derived Musics 53
The Fiesta de Santiago Apostol at Loiza Aldea 59
Plena and Bomba in the Dance Hall 64
Music and the Puerto Rican Diaspora 65
4 Salsa and Beyond 72
The Son Sires a Son 72
Ruben Blades: The Cutting Edge 79
Style and Structure 83
The Salsa Life 84
Salsa Lite? 89
Latin Rap 92
Nueva Cancion 94
5 The Dominican Republic 97
The Emergence of Merengue 98
The Merengue Tipico of Cibao 99
The Merengue as National Symbol 100
The Modern Merengue 103
The Merengue Invasion 106
Merengue Style and Dance 110
Bachata: Songs of Bitterness 112
Juan Luis Guerra 115
6 Haiti and the French Caribbean 117
Music in the Streets of Port-au-Prince 117
Haitian Cultural Crossroads 119
Creolization in Haiti: Language 121
Creolization in Haiti: Religion 122
Carnival and Rara 126
Misik Twoubadou 129
Haitian Dance Music 130
Politics and the Haitian Diaspora 135
Vodou-Jazz Today 138
Music in the Lesser Antilles 140
7 Jamaica 143
1976: Traveling through Reggae's "Golden Era" 146
Music ina Downtown Style: Recording the Unrecorded 151
Kumina ina Trench Town Style: One Thread Out of Many 159
Roots and Culture: Downtown Triumphant 164
Techno-Roots: From Reggae to Ragga 172
Coda: Rasta Kumina ina Raggamuffin Style 180
8 Trinidad, Calypso, and Carnival 183
The Development of Calypso and Carnival 185
Calypso in Colonialism 187
Modern Calypso and Carnival 193
Calypso and Gender 197
The Carnival Context 201
Steel Band 205
Calypso and Carnival outside Trinidad 208
9 The Other Caribbean 212
East Indians in the West Indies 212
Introducing the Popular Music of Suriname 221
Kaseko: Enter the Strings and Horns 223
Aleke: The Drum Rules Again 226
10 Five Themes in the Study of Caribbean Music 232
Unity and Diversity in a Continent of Islands 232
Race and Ethnicity 234
Music, Sex, and Sexism 237
Caribbean Music International 241
Music and Politics 243
Glossary 247
Notes 257
Index 264
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