Caribbean Currents

Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae

Author: Peter Manuel,Kenneth Bilby,Michael Largey

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781592134649

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 4003

The classic introduction to the Caribbean's popular music brought up to date.
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Caribbean Currents

Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae

Author: Peter Manuel,Michael Largey

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 1439914001

Category: Music

Page: 368

View: 7665

First published in 1995, Caribbean Currents has become the definitive guide to the distinctive musics of this region of the world. This third edition of the award-winning book is substantially updated and expanded, featuring thorough coverage of new developments, such as the global spread of reggaeton and bachata, the advent of music videos, the restructuring of the music industry, and the emergence of new dance styles. It also includes many new illustrations and links to accompanying video footage. The authors succinctly and perceptively situate the musical styles and developments in the context of themes of gender and racial dynamics, sociopolitical background, and diasporic dimensions. Caribbean Currents showcases the rich and diverse musics of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad, the French Caribbean, the lesser Antilles, and their transnational communities in the United States and elsewhere to provide an engaging panorama of this most dynamic aspect of Caribbean culture."
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Main Currents in Caribbean Thought

The Historical Evolution of Caribbean Society in Its Ideological Aspects, 1492-1900

Author: Gordon K. Lewis

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803280298

Category: History

Page: 375

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Main Currents in Caribbean Thought probes deeply into the multicultural origins of Caribbean society, defining and tracing the evolution of the distinctive ideology that has arisen from the region’s unique historical mixture of peoples and beliefs. Among the topics that noted scholar Gordon K. Lewis covers are the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century beginnings of Caribbean thought, pro- and antislavery ideologies, the growth of Antillean nationalist and anticolonialist thought during the nineteenth century, and the development of the region’s characteristic secret religious cults from imported religions and European thought. Since its original publication in 1983, Main Currents in Caribbean Thought has remained one of the most ambitious works to date by a leader in modern Caribbean scholarship. By looking into the “Caribbean mind,” Lewis shows how European, African, and Asian ideas became creolized and Americanized, creating an entirely new ideology that continues to shape Caribbean thought and society today.
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Capital, Power, and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Author: Richard L. Harris,Jorge Nef

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0742572501

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 3417

Comprehensive and interdisciplinary, the thoroughly updated and revised second edition of Capital, Power, and Inequality in Latin America is an engaging critical analysis of the major political, economic, social, and ecological conditions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Expert chapter authors describe and analyze the economies and trading relations, politics and state policies, social inequalities and social injustices, indigenous communities, gender relations, influence of religion, wide array of social movements, and social ecology of the societies in this important region of the world.
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Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance

Author: Alejandro L. Madrid,Robin D. Moore

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199965811

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 9294

Initially branching out of the European contradance tradition, the danz?n first emerged as a distinct form of music and dance among black performers in nineteenth-century Cuba. By the early twentieth-century, it had exploded in popularity throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean basin. A fundamentally hybrid music and dance complex, it reflects the fusion of European and African elements and had a strong influence on the development of later Latin dance traditions as well as early jazz in New Orleans. Danz?n: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance studies the emergence, hemisphere-wide influence, and historical and contemporary significance of this music and dance phenomenon. Co-authors Alejandro L. Madrid and Robin D. Moore take an ethnomusicological, historical, and critical approach to the processes of appropriation of the danz?n in new contexts, its changing meanings over time, and its relationship to other musical forms. Delving into its long history of controversial popularization, stylistic development, glorification, decay, and rebirth in a continuous transnational dialogue between Cuba and Mexico as well as New Orleans, the authors explore the production, consumption, and transformation of this Afro-diasporic performance complex in relation to global and local ideological discourses. By focusing on interactions across this entire region as well as specific local scenes, Madrid and Moore underscore the extent of cultural movement and exchange within the Americas during the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries, and are thereby able to analyze the danz?n, the dance scenes it has generated, and the various discourses of identification surrounding it as elements in broader regional processes. Danz?n is a significant addition to the literature on Latin American music, dance, and expressive culture; it is essential reading for scholars, students, and fans of this music alike.
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Cut `n' Mix

Culture, Identity and Caribbean Music

Author: Dick Hebdige

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134931042

Category: Art

Page: 180

View: 9398

First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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Caribbean Passagemaking

A Cruiser's Guide

Author: Les Weatheritt

Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.

ISBN: 9781574091960

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

View: 9199

Information for the passage planner as well as the dreamer back home. Background to help skipper and crew enjoy sailing the region: How to achieve easier passagemaking and sail in comfort --Which are the safe and easy harbors -- How to spot the weather windows -- prevailing winds and currents -- Ideal equipment for Caribbean waters.
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Beyond the Blockade

New Currents in Cuban Archaeology

Author: Susan Kepecs,L. Antonio Curet

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817356339

Category: History

Page: 206

View: 2205

Explores issues surrounding Cuban archeology, including the controversial relationship between Cuba and Florida native peoples; social, religious and cultural aspects of Cuba; and heritage-conservation and tourism issues. Simultaneous.
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A Concise History of the Caribbean

Author: B. W. Higman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139495151

Category: History

Page: N.A

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A Concise History of the Caribbean presents a general history of the Caribbean islands from the beginning of human settlement about seven thousand years ago to the present. It narrates processes of early human migration, the disastrous consequences of European colonization, the development of slavery and the slave trade, the extraordinary profits earned by the plantation economy, the great revolution in Haiti, movements toward political independence, the Cuban Revolution, and the diaspora of Caribbean people. Written in a lively and accessible style yet current with the most recent research, the book provides a compelling narrative of Caribbean history essential for students and visitors.
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Creole Religions of the Caribbean

An Introduction from Vodou and Santeria to Obeah and Espiritismo

Author: Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814762573

Category: Religion

Page: 324

View: 8355

Creolization—the coming together of diverse beliefs and practices to form new beliefs and practices-is one of the most significant phenomena in Caribbean religious history. Brought together in the crucible of the sugar plantation, Caribbean peoples drew on the variants of Christianity brought by European colonizers, as well as on African religious and healing traditions and the remnants of Amerindian practices, to fashion new systems of belief. Creole Religions of the Caribbean offers a comprehensive introduction to the syncretic religions that have developed in the region. From Vodou, Santería, Regla de Palo, the Abakuá Secret Society, and Obeah to Quimbois and Espiritismo, the volume traces the historical-cultural origins of the major Creole religions, as well as the newer traditions such as Pocomania and Rastafarianism. Chapters devoted to specific traditions trace their history, their pantheons and major rituals, and their current-day expressions in the Caribbean and in the diaspora. The volume also provides a general historical background of the Caribbean region. Creole Religions of the Caribbean is the first text to provide a study of the Creole religions of the Caribbean and will be an indispensable guide to the development of these rich religious traditions and practices. With 23 black and white illustrations
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Currents of Deceit

Author: Ronald D. Perkins

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781470082253

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

View: 8923

On April 20, 2010 the infamous BP oil rig exploded spilling millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Images of iridescent oil slicks dominated national and international news for weeks. However, such visible spills are not the only threat to our oceans. Marine scientists conducting research on an isolated Caribbean island inadvertently interfere with the ambitious plans of an unscrupulous waste management company in collusion with a corrupt island government. Deception, arrests, expulsion, and murder intertwine before natural forces trigger an environmental disaster with far-reaching consequences that could impact the marine ecosystem for decades to come. Could such a disaster actually happen? Perhaps it already has.
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Sounding salsa

performing Latin music in New York City

Author: Christopher Washburne

Publisher: Temple Univ Pr

ISBN: 9781592133154

Category: History

Page: 254

View: 7633

This ethnographic journey into the New York salsa scene of the 1990s is the first of its kind. Written by a musical insider and from the perspective of salsa musicians,Sounding Salsais a pioneering study that offers detailed accounts of these musicians grappling with intercultural tensions and commercial pressures. Christopher Washburne, himself an accomplished salsa musician, examines the organizational structures, recording processes, rehearsing, and gigging of salsa bands, paying particular attention to how they created a sense of community, privileged "the people" over artistic and commercial concerns, and incited cultural pride during performances. Sounding Salsaaddresses a range of issues, musical and social. Musically, Washburne examines sound structure, salsa aesthetics, and performance practice, along with the influences of Puerto Rican music. Socially, he considers the roles of the illicit drug trade, gender, and violence in shaping the salsa experience. Highly readable,Sounding Salsaoffers a behind-the-scenes perspective on a musical movement that became a social phenomenon.
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Changing Currents

Transnational Caribbean Literary and Cultural Criticism

Author: Emily Allen Williams,Melvin B. Rahming

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781592214143

Category: Caribbean Area

Page: 350

View: 2420

15 essays presenting new modes of access for, as well as meanings to, a number of well-known and lesser-known literary works, authors and cultural aspects of the English-, French- and Spanish-speaking areas of the Caribbean. The authors of the essays approach the literatures and cultures of the Caribbean from postcolonisation perspectives that are informed by modes of deconstructive observations and explorations, historical and biographical critiques, social and psychological discourse and gender and feminist interrogations.
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Multilingual Currents in Literature, Translation and Culture

Author: Rachael Gilmour,Tamar Steinitz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317310748

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

View: 3368

At a time increasingly dominated by globalization, migration, and the clash between supranational and ultranational ideologies, the relationship between language and borders has become more complicated and, in many ways, more consequential than ever. This book shows how concepts of ‘language’ and ‘multilingualism’ look different when viewed from Belize, Lagos, or London, and asks how ideas about literature and literary form must be remade in a contemporary cultural marketplace that is both linguistically diverse and interconnected, even as it remains profoundly unequal. Bringing together scholars from the fields of literary studies, applied linguistics, publishing, and translation studies, the volume investigates how multilingual realities shape not only the practice of writing but also modes of literary and cultural production. Chapters explore examples of literary multilingualism and their relationship to the institutions of publishing, translation, and canon-formation. They consider how literature can be read in relation to other multilingual and translational forms of contemporary cultural circulation and what new interpretative strategies such developments demand. In tracing the multilingual currents running across a globalized world, this book will appeal to the growing international readership at the intersections of comparative literature, world literature, postcolonial studies, literary theory and criticism, and translation studies.
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Reggae Routes

The Story of Jamaican Music

Author: Kevin O'Brien Chang,Wayne Chen

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566396295

Category: Music

Page: 246

View: 9511

Looks at the history of Reggae music and traces its development in Jamaica
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Author: Paul Austerlitz

Publisher: Temple University Press

ISBN: 9781566394840

Category: History

Page: 195

View: 8606

Merengue-the quintessential Dominican dance music-has a long and complex history, both on the island and in the large immigrant community in New York City. In this ambitious work, Paul Austerlitz unravels the African and Iberian roots of merengue and traces its growth under dictator Rafael Trujillo and its renewed popularity as an international music.Using extensive interviews as well as written commentaries, Austerlitz examines the historical and contemporary contexts in which merengue is performed and danced, its symbolic significance, its social functions, and its musical and choreographic structures. He tells the tale of merengue's political functions, and of its class and racial significance. He not only explores the various ethnic origins of this Ibero-African art form, but points out how some Dominicans have tried to deny its African roots.In today's global society, mass culture often marks ethnic identity. Found throughout Dominican society, both at home and abroad, merengue is the prime marker of Dominican identity. By telling the story of this dance music, the author captures the meaning of mass and folk expression in contemporary ethnicity as well as the relationship between regional, national, and migrant culture and between rural/regional and urban/mass culture. Austerlitz also traces the impact of migration and global culture on the native music, itself already a vibrant intermixture of home-grown merengue forms.From rural folk idiom to transnational mass music, merengue has had a long and colorful career. Its well-deserved popularity will make this book a must read for anyone interested in contemporary music; its complex history will make the book equally indispensable to anyone interested in cultural studies. Author note: Paul Austerlitz is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Miami.
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A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean

Author: Mark Spalding,Gillian Bunting

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520244054

Category: Nature

Page: 256

View: 4502

Inspired by the Caribbean section from The World Atlas of Coral Reefs, and augmented with detailed maps and colorful illustrations, this guidebook informs divers and travelers about the natural history of coral reefs and major diving sites throughout the Caribbean region. It's both a natural history guide and a travel guide.
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Popular Musics of the Non-Western World

An Introductory Survey

Author: Peter Manuel

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195063349

Category: Music

Page: 287

View: 4213

Reflecting the growing interest in popular music from the developing world, this unique book is the first to examine all major non-Western urban music styles, from increasingly familiar genres like reggae and salsa, to the lesser-known regional styles of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, non-Western Europe (Greece, Yugoslavia, Portugal), Asia, and the Near East. Manuel establishes parameters that distinguish popular music from both folk and classical music, defining popular music as music created with the mass media in mind and reproduced on a large scale basis as a salable commodity for wide public consumption. While emphasizing stylistic analysis and historical development, he also treats the diverse popular musics as sites for the negotiation and mediation of the dialectics of nationalism and acculturation, tradition and modernity, urban and rural aesthetics, and grassroots spontaneity and corporate or bureaucratic manipulation. With its encyclopedic syntheses of earlier studies and extensive original research, Manuel's book will be an invaluable source for general readers and students of ethnology, popular music, and contemporary culture.
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