Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall from Lady Saw to Dancehall Queen

Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall from Lady Saw to Dancehall Queen

by Carolyn Cooper

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Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall from Lady Saw to Dancehall Queen by Carolyn 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230258280
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 09/15/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About 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.

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