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French Guiana

George Torres

George Torres, PhD, is associate professor of music at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, where he teaches courses in music history and literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

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...French Guiana is a South American country bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Brazil and Suriname. Creoles, who are descendants of freed slaves, make up the largest percentage of its total population, which is about 220,000 people...

Bigi Poku

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Bigi poku (spelled bigi pokoe in Dutch) is a secular Surinamese music developed by the Creoles, the descendants of African slaves, who live primarily along the country’s more populous northern coastline. The genre was developed in the 1930s...

French Guiana

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 157,000 (1999) Located on the northeastern coast of South America, French Guiana, covering 35,135 sq miles (91,000 sq km), is a geographical anomaly. An overseas department of France, it is the only former colony...

Aleke

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Aleke is a drum-based dance music associated with the Ndyuka Maroons, who occupy the border between Suriname and French Guyana. The Ndyuka are one of six subgroups of Maroons in this region. The term Maroon (and likewise the indigenous term...

Biguine

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The biguine is the most renowned dance music of French Guiana, Guadeloupe and Martinique, three overseas departments of France located in the Caribbean. In this region, the term ‘biguine’ denotes an urban song of social comment and dance...