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Overview

"Mek Some Noise," Timothy Rommen's highly personal ethnographic study of Caribbean gospel music, engages with the musical world of contemporary Christians in Trinidad and Tobago at the nexus where music and religion meet. In Trinidad and Tobago, Full Gospel Pentecostal churches are negotiating a wide range of musical styles, many of which are more closely associated in the minds of outsiders with dance halls and the revels of carnival than with worship. Rommen focuses on four main styles: gospelypso, North American gospel, dancehall, and jamoo ("Jehovah's music"). He explores the powerful role that music plays in the lives of Full Gospel believers and the ways in which music helps to convince and to actualize belief.

Rommen sets his investigation against a concisely drawn, richly historical narrative. He writes about music and its power to persuade, and he gives deep consideration to the idea of people making music in order to say something. Using a wealth of materials previously ignored by scholars, Rommen arrives at a new theoretical approach that he calls the ethics of style, which situates this group of believers both in their faith and in a Trinidadian context. The result is an extended meditation on the convictions, or ethical concerns, that lie behind the creation and reception of style in Full Gospel Trinidad.

About the Author:
Timothy Rommen is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania

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Editorial Reviews

World Of Music
“A remarkably rich and nuanced ethnographic work that breaks important new ground.”
Journal Of American Folklore
“The author’s treatment of Trinidadian musical styles is exemplary.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520250680
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2007
  • Series: Music of the African Diaspora Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Rommen is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
Music, Memory, and Identity in Full Gospel Trinidad     9
The Ethics of Style     27
Nationalism and the Soul: Gospelypso as Independence     47
Transnational Dreams, Global Desires: North America as Sound     72
Regionalisms: Performances beyond a Boundary     95
Jehovah's Music: Jammin' at the Margins of Trinidadian Gospel Music     123
Reenvisioning Ethics, Revisiting Style     151
Epilogue     172
Notes     175
Selected Bibliography     201
Index     213
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