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Gwo ka (Gwoka)

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

Scholarly Books

...Gwo ka refers to a kind of folkloric drum music from Guadeloupe, which was originally associated with léwòz performance, but later found itself appropriated by popular musicians as an emblem of national identity in the 1970s. The léwòz...

Gwoka Modènn

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Gwoka modènn, or modern gwoka, is a form of music which emerged in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in 1969, when guitarist Gérard Lockel proposed a way to adapt the melodies, scales and rhythms of traditional gwoka in order...

Bele

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Bele is a widespread term in the Creole-speaking Caribbean, and refers to a number of folk or traditional dances and their associated music found from Trinidad to Grenada, Carriacou, St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and St Thomas (Gerstin...

Biguine

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...

Guadeloupe

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 440,189 (2003) Guadeloupe is the name for a small group of French Caribbean islands that includes Basse-Terre (or Guadeloupe per se), Grande-Terre, Îles des Saintes, Marie-Galante, La Désirade, Saint Martin...