Creating Their Own Space: The Development of an Indian-Caribbean Musical Tradition

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University of the West Indies Press, 2001 - Music - 167 pages
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Characterized by fast-paced, highly danceable rhythms, chutney is a fusion of traditional and contemporary Indian and Caribbean influences. In this volume Tina K. Ramnarine explores the evolution of chutney and introduces the emerging Indian-Caribbean genre into the area of scholarly discourse. Through analysis of the music, Ramnarine provides insights into social processes, effects of the diasporic settlements and ways the music operates as a symbol of Indian-Caribbean identity. This introduction of new cultural elements is a common occurrence among people transplanted to an unfamiliar geographical and cultural environment.
 

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Contents

lllustrations
7
Introduction 1
17
Publicity poster for the chutney singer Terry Gajraj
26
Making the Music
43
3 Phoulourie Sundar Popo
49
7 Guyana Kay Dulahin Anand Yankaran
62
The promoter Praimsingh in his shop
73
Chutney as an Expression of IndianCaribbean Identity
75
Publicity poster for a chutney show in London
94
From Wedding Ritual to Popular Culture
100
1 Examples of maticore rhythms
111
Musical Spaces Cultural Spaces Social Spaces
119
Rikki Jai singing at a chutney show in London
138
Notes
146
Index
163
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Tina K. Ramnarine is a lecturer in ethnomusicology and social anthropology at Queen's University Belfast. She is the author of "Creating Their Own Space: The Development of an Indian-Caribbean Musical Tradition" and is also a professional classical violinist with a special interest in folk fiddling traditions.

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