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Different Drummers

Martin Munro

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262829
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947405 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262829.001.0001
Different Drummers

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Long a taboo subject among critics, rhythm finally takes center stage in this book's wide-ranging examination of diverse black cultures across the New World. This book traces the central—and contested—role of music in shaping identities, politics, social history, and artistic expression. Starting with enslaved African musicians, the book takes us to Haiti, Trinidad, the French Caribbean, and to the civil rights era in the United States. Along the way, it highlights such figures as Toussaint Louverture, Jacques Roumain, Jean Price-Mars, The Mighty Sparrow, Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant, Joseph Zobel, Daniel Maximin, James Brown, and Amiri Baraka. Bringing to light new connections among black cultures, the book shows how rhythm has been both a persistent marker of race as well as a dynamic force for change at virtually every major turning point in black New World history.

Keywords: rhythm; identities; politics; social history; artistic expression; African musicians; civil rights; black cultures; race; New World

Book.  296 pages. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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