Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae

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Temple University Press, Jun 20, 2012 - Music - 288 pages
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Music is the most popular and dynamic aspect of Caribbean expressive culture. From the well-known genres—salsa, merengue, reggae, calypso, and bachata—to more localized forms like chutney and kaseko, this wide-ranging book surveys Caribbean music's prodigious diversity and colorful history. Enhanced with numerous illustrations and musical examples, Caribbean Currents is an up-to-date overview of the region's music, covering Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Suriname, and smaller islands like Martinique and Guadeloupe. Engaging descriptions of musical forms and innovations, festivals and dance halls, as well as musicians and fans, are situated in

This revised and expanded version features:

* Twenty-seven new illustrations

* Recent developments in the region's music, such as the emergence of reggaetón and timba

* A new and extensive study of Jamaican dancehall
 

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Contents

The Caribbean Crucible
1
2 Cuba
19
3 Puerto Rico
65
4 Salsa and Beyond
88
5 The Dominican Republic
116
6 Haiti and the French Caribbean
141
7 Jamaica
177
8 Trinidad Calypso and Carnival
216
9 East Indian Music and Big Sounds from the Small Islands
249
10 Five Themes in the Study of Caribbean Music
271
Notes
291
Glossary
299
Index
311
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Peter Manuel is Professor of Music at John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of five books and many articles on musics of India, the Caribbean, Spain, and elsewhere. He also plays sitar, jazz piano, and flamenco guitar.Kenneth Bilby is Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution.Michael Largey is Associate Professor of Music at Michigan State University, East Lansing.

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