Transnational Dreams, Global Desires

Timothy Rommen

in “Mek Some Noise”

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250673
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940543 | DOI:
Transnational Dreams, Global Desires

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This chapter analyzes the rise of North American gospel music in Trinidad, investigating some of its connections to transnational and neo-colonial processes and cosmopolitan dreams along the way. It suggests that the historical trajectory of North American gospel music was essentially contemporaneous with the emergence of gospelypso. It discusses the ways that transnational and neo-colonial issues are often discussed with and through the ethics of style in order to demonstrate the powerful counterprocesses that Trinidadian Full Gospel believers put into play, both in discourse and through musical practice.

Keywords: North American gospel; Trinidad; gospelypso; ethics of style; Full Gospel believers; musical practice

Chapter.  9898 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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