Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae [NOOK Book]


Music is the most popular and dynamic aspect of Caribbean expressive culture. From the well-known genres-salsa, merengue, reggae, calypso, and bachata-to more localized forms like chutney and kaseko, this wide-ranging book surveys Caribbean music's prodigious diversity and colorful history.

Enhanced with numerous illustrations and musical examples, Caribbean Currents is an up-to-date overview of the region's music, covering Cuba, Puerto Rico,...
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Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae

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Music is the most popular and dynamic aspect of Caribbean expressive culture. From the well-known genres-salsa, merengue, reggae, calypso, and bachata-to more localized forms like chutney and kaseko, this wide-ranging book surveys Caribbean music's prodigious diversity and colorful history.

Enhanced with numerous illustrations and musical examples, Caribbean Currents is an up-to-date overview of the region's music, covering Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Suriname, and smaller islands like Martinique and Guadeloupe. Engaging descriptions of musical forms and innovations, festivals and dance halls, as well as musicians and fans, are situated in the context of the modern genres' relationship to issues of race, regional diversity, gender, and socio-political conflicts.

This revised and expanded version features:

Twenty-seven new illustrations

Recent developments in the region's music, such as the emergence of reggaetón and timba

A new and extensive study of Jamaican dancehall

"A guide to the cultural festivals, traditional culture, musical forms, dances, instruments, music education, government institutions concerned with music, and copyright mechanisms in Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua and Barbado, Montserrat, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Editorial Reviews

Aaron Cohen
Since the Caribbean's multifaceted music is usually heard in the U.S. only in such popular forms as reggae and salsa, Manuel and company's diligent scholarship is much needed. They provide thoughtful descriptions of such overlooked styles as the "bachata" of the Dominican Republic and the voudou-jazz of Haiti, as well as of the forms of more musically famous islands, such as Jamaica and Trinidad. They discuss such insular cultural manifestations as the salsa vs. merengue conflict in New York City and the Hindu devotional songs of Trinidad's Indian community. They describe their travels in several rather inaccessible countries, particularly Cuba. They cogently argue how the Caribbean's historical, political, and social developments shaped its musics. The musical analyses and notation they provide are straightforward enough to interest careful listeners as well as casual fans, and the many helpful discographies throughout the book--not to mention the cool photographs!--contribute to making this an essential text on some of the world's most irrepressible rhythms.
From the Publisher
"This is an exciting text that offers an excellent survey of the popular musical styles of the Caribbean.... The authors assert that Caribbean music has something to offer everyone, and this text is intended to cater for a very broad audience ranging from Caribbean music lovers, to students of Caribbean and/or pan-American society, to readers of Caribbean descent who wish to learn more about their unique and dynamic music-culture."
—The World of Music

"Manuel presents a good overview of the array of Caribbean musical styles and their place in 'world cultural history.' Students and general readers will find this book appealing, and the inclusion of bibliographies, discographies, and a glossary enhance its educational value."
—The Journal of American Folklore

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592134649
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 6/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 751,323
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Manuel is Professor of Music at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of five books and many articles on musics of India, the Caribbean, Spain, and elsewhere. He also plays sitar, jazz piano, and flamenco guitar.Kenneth Bilby is Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution. Michael Largey is Associate Professor of Music at Michigan State University, East Lansing.
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Table of Contents

The Caribbean at a Glance

1. Introduction: The Caribbean Crucible 1
The Indian Heritage 0
The African Heritage 0
Patterns of Musical Retention 0
The European Heritage 0
Creolization 0

2. Cuba
A Day in Havana, 1986
The Cuban Crucible
African-derived Musics
A Music Festival in Santiago de Cuba
European-derived Musics
The Son and Modern Cuban Dance Music
"Socialism with Pachanga"
The 'Special Period" and its Special Music 
Coda: Revisiting Havana-and Miami, 2004 

3. Puerto Rico
Cuba and Puerto Rico: "The Two Wings of the Same Bird"
European-derived Musics
The Fiesta de Santiago Apóstol at Loíza Aldea
Plena and Bomba in the Dance Hall
Music and the Puerto Rican Diaspora
Puerto Rico Rocks and Raps

4. Salsa and Beyond
The Son Sires a Son
Ruben Blades: The Cutting Edge
Style and Structure
The Salsa Life
Salsa Lite?
Latin Rap and Reggaetón
Nueva Canción

5. The Dominican Republic
The Emergence of Merengue
The Merengue Típico of Cibao
The Merengue as National Symbol
The Modern Merengue
The Merengue Explosion
Merengue Style and Dance
Bachata: Songs of Bitterness, Songs of Love
Juan Luis Guerra
The Return of the Repressed

6. Haiti and the French Caribbean
Music in the Streets of Port-au-Prince
Haitian Cultural Crossroads
Creolization in Haiti: Language
Creolization in Haiti: Religion
Carnival and Rara
Misik Twoubadou
Haitian Dance Music
Politics and the Haitian Diaspora
Contemporary Haitian Popular Music 
Misik Rasin, Rap, and Ragga
Music in the Lesser Antilles: Martinique, Guadeloupe, Dominica, and St. Lucia

7. Jamaica
Kumina Culture, 1976
Roots Music in the Mid-Twentieth Century
Music inna Downtown Style: Recording the Unrecorded
Roots and Culture: Downtown Triumphant
Rasta and Revolution
The End of an Era, and the Dawn of a New One: From Reggae to Ragga
Tellin' it like it is, from 'Consciousness' to 'Slackness' 
Female Degradation or Liberation? 
Love Music --  or Hate Music? 
Sound Systems and Sound Clashes 
Dancehall inna Foreign 

8. Trinidad, Calypso, and Carnival
The Development of Calypso and Carnival
Calypso in Colonialism
Modern Calypso and Carnival
Woman Rising
The Carnival Context
Steel Band
Calypso and Carnival outside Trinidad

9. East Indian Music; and Big Sounds from the "Small Islands"
East Indians in the West Indies
Small Island Traditions

10. Five Themes in the Study of Caribbean Music
Unity and Diversity in a Continent of Islands
Race and Ethnicity
Music, Sex, and Sexism   
Caribbean Music International
Music and Politics

Index 000
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