Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae / Edition 1

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Overview

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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"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: 9781592134632
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 140,478
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the Caribbean crucible 1
2 Cuba 19
3 Puerto Rico 65
4 Salsa and beyond 88
5 The Dominican Republic 116
6 Haiti and the French Caribbean 141
7 Jamaica 177
8 Trinidad, calypso, and Carnival 216
9 East Indian music and big sounds from the "small islands" 249
10 Five themes in the study of Caribbean music 271
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