Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making / Edition 1

Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making / Edition 1

by John Cowley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521653894

ISBN-13: 9780521653893

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521653893
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/13/2002
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Music Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1. 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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