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CARIBBEAN ROOTS MUSIC


Calypso, rara, zouk, méringue, bomba y plena, palos, tumba.
Origins: 18th century to mid-19th century.

Curator’s Note: Cuban, Jamaican, and other Caribbean styles (salsa, bachata, and more) are located in separate folders. On a practical level, there were more resources for each than what would fit here. This also allows for a clearer chronological timeline in terms of their respective origins and influence to later genres.


BOOKS


  • Atilla's Kaiso: A Short History of Trinidad Calypso by Raymond Quevedo, 1983.

  • Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making by John Cowley, 1996.

  • A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti by Gage Averill, 1997.

  • Barbadian Popular Music and the Politics of Caribbean Culture by Curwen Best, 1999.

  • Culture @ the Cutting Edge: Tracking Caribbean Popular Music by Curwen Best, 2000.

  • Awakening spaces: French Caribbean popular song, music, and culture by Brenda Berrian, 2000.

  • Rara! Vodou, Power, and Performance in Haiti and Its Diaspora by Elizabeth McAlister, 2002. ︎

  • Music in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Encyclopedic History: Volume 2: Performing the Caribbean Experience, Ed. Malena Kuss 2007.

  • Carriacou String Band Serenade: Performing Identity in the Eastern Caribbean Book by Rebecca Susan Miller, 2007.

  • Music, Memory, Resistance: Calypso and the Caribbean Literary Imagination Ed. by Sandra Pouchet Paquet, 2007.︎

  • Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World: Rituals and Remembrances, Ed. Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo, Mamadou Diouf, 2010.

  • Music of Latin America and the Caribbean by Mark Brill, 2010.
    • See Chs. 4 & 5 for the Spanish/English/French-speaking Caribbean.

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