Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas

Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas

by Martin Munro

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Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas by Martin Munro

Long a taboo subject among critics, rhythm finally takes center stage in this book's dazzling, wide-ranging examination of diverse black cultures across the New World. Martin Munro’s groundbreaking work traces the central—and contested—role of music in shaping identities, politics, social history, and artistic expression. Starting with enslaved African musicians, Munro takes us to Haiti, Trinidad, the French Caribbean, and to the civil rights era in the United States. Along the way, he highlights such figures as Toussaint Louverture, Jacques Roumain, Jean Price-Mars, The Mighty Sparrow, Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant, Joseph Zobel, Daniel Maximin, James Brown, and Amiri Baraka. Bringing to light new connections among black cultures, Munro shows how rhythm has been both a persistent marker of race as well as a dynamic force for change at virtually every major turning point in black New World history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520947405
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/16/2010
Series: Music of the African Diaspora , #14
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Martin Munro is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literatures at Florida State University.

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