'Cooper makes compelling - and as usual - controversial arguments about the fundamental relevance of dancehall music to the critical understanding of Jamaican culture to claat.' - Colin Channer, author of Satisfy my Soul and Waiting in Vain
Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Largeby C. Cooper
Megawattage sound systems have blasted the electronically-enhanced riddims and tongue-twisting lyrics of Jamaica's dancehall DJs across the globe. This high-energy raggamuffin music is often dismissed by old-school roots reggae fans as a raucous degeneration of classic Jamaican popular music. In this provocative study of dancehall culture, Cooper offers a sympathetic account of the philosophy of a wide range of dancehall DJs: Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Ninjaman, Capleton, Buju Banton, Anthony B and Apache Indian. Cooper also demonstrates the ways in which the language of dancehall culture, often devalued as mere 'noise,' articulates a complex understanding of the border clashes which characterize Jamaican society, and analyzes the sound clashes that erupt in the movement of Jamaican dancehall culture across national borders.
- Palgrave Macmillan US
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- Product dimensions:
- 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.05(d)
Meet the Author
Carolyn Cooper is a professor at the University of the West Indies. She is the author of Noises in the Blood: Orality, Gender, and the 'Vulgar' Body of Jamaican Popular Culture.
and post it to your social network
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews >