Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making / Edition 1by John Cowley
Pub. Date: 01/13/2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Starting from the days of slavery and following through to the first decades of the twentieth century, this book traces the evolution of Carnival and secular black music in Trinidad and beyond. Calypso emerged as the preeminent Carnival song form at the end of the nineteenth century and its association with the festival is investigated, as are the first commercial recordings by Trinidad performers. Considerable use is made of contemporary newspaper reports, colonial documents, travelogues, oral history and folklore, providing an authoritative treatment of a fascinating story in popular cultural history.
Table of Contents1. Background to West Indian music; 2. 'Pain nous ka mangé': music, carnival and events 1783-1869; 3. 'Not a cent to buy rice': poverty, revelry and riots, 1870-1896; 4. 'Iron Duke in the land': banners, bands and music 1897-1920; 5. Creole musical traditions: Africa, the Caribbean and beyond; Notes; Bibliography; Discography; Index.
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