Governing Sound The Cultural Politics of Trinidad's Carnival Musics

ISBN-10: 0226310604
ISBN-13: 9780226310602
Edition: 2007
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Description: Calypso music is an integral part of Trinidad's national identity. When, for instance, Franklin D. Roosevelt asked the great Trinidadian musician Roaring Lion where he was from, Lion famously replied "the land of calypso." But in a nation as diverse  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/2007
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Calypso music is an integral part of Trinidad's national identity. When, for instance, Franklin D. Roosevelt asked the great Trinidadian musician Roaring Lion where he was from, Lion famously replied "the land of calypso." But in a nation as diverse as Trinidad, why is it that calypso has emerged as the emblematic music? In" Governing Sound," Jocelyne Guilbault examines the conditions that have enabled calypso to be valorized, contested, and targeted as a field of cultural politics in Trinidad. The prominence of calypso, Guilbault argues, is uniquely enmeshed in projects of governing and in competing imaginations of nation, race, and diaspora. During the colonial regime, the period of national independence, and recent decades of neoliberal transformation, calypso and its musical offshoots have enabled new cultural formations while simultaneously excluding specific social expressions, political articulations, and artistic traditions. Drawing on over a decade of ethnographic work, Guilbault maps the musical journeys of Trinidad's most prominent musicians and arrangers and explains the distinct ways their musical sensibilities became audibly entangled with modes of governing, audience demands, and market incentives. Generously illustrated and complete with an accompanying CD," Governing Sound" constitutes the most comprehensive study to date of Trinidad's carnival musics.

CD Track List
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Calypso
Calypso's Historical Entanglements
Governing the Conduct of Carnival and Calypso
Power, Practice, and Competitions
Calypsonians Onstage /
Independence, Innovation, and Authenticity
Calypso's Musical Offshoots
Post-independence, Proliferation, and Permissible Traditions
Soca, Nation, and Discrepant Diasporas
Cultural Entrepreneurship under Neoliberalism
Coda References Selected Discography
Photographs follow page
CD Track List
Sam Manning: "Lieutenant Julian" (1929), oratorical calypso (also called "Sans Humanit�")
Unknown singers: "We Goin' to Cut the Wood" (1956), lavway at funeral wakes (bongo)
"Daddy Axe" (1998), ragga soca
Brother Resistance: "Cyar Take Dat" (1996 version), rapso
"You" (2005), soca
"On the Road" (Brancker Version), Peter C. Lewis featuring Machel Montano (2003), soca
" Sting She" (2001), chutney soca
"Hamareh Galeeyah" (2001), chutney version
"Hamareh Galeeyah" (2001), chutney soca version

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