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...The music of Sierra Leone’s Ebenezer Calendar served as an aural statement on the dynamics of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. Born in Freetown in 1912, Calendar’s father came from Jamaica and influenced young Ebenezer with rhythm and song...

Lord Shorty

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Calypso Limonense

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Calypso limonense is a form of calypso that developed among the Afro-Caribbean population of the port city of Limón on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, and subsequently spread to other parts of the country. From the 1980s it was increasingly...

David Rudder

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...The American singer-songwriter and actor Harry Belafonte came to prominence during the folk boom of the 1950s and 1960s, and he emerged as an outspoken activist on myriad social issues. Belafonte was born in Harlem, New York City in 1927...

Bouyon

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Bouyon is a dance music genre that originated in Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean toward the end of the 1980s. It was created by the Dominican band WCK by combining elements from jing ping, the traditional folk music...

Calypso in the UK

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Emerging in Trinidad in the latter decades of the nineteenth century, calypso was the first music genre to bring the flavor of the Caribbean colonies to the heart of the British Empire through sounds, humor and language. The importance...

Steelband Music

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The steel pan (or simply pan, also referred to sometimes as steel drum) was invented in Trinidad around 1940 by young men from poor neighborhoods in Port of Spain who used it to play in Carnival percussion bands. Through competition between...

Anguilla

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 12,738 (2003) Anguilla, the most northerly of the eastern Caribbean’s Leeward Islands, possesses a diverse history. Anguilla’s first inhabitants included...

Mento

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Mento (variant, minto), a Jamaican folk music and dance style, originated in the nineteenth century and was the dominant Jamaican popular music style by the early twentieth century. Most mento songs consist of local melodies modeled...