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...With his group, the HD Family, Machel Montano brought Trinidadian soca music from its origin in marginalized communities onto the global stage of international dance music. Born in 1974 in Trinidad and Tobago, Montano sang in the choir...

Ragga Soca

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Ragga soca is a style of popular music that emerged in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1990s and has since become an established subgenre of Trinidadian soca music. Ragga soca has its roots in the overwhelming popularity of dancehall reggae...

Parang

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...In Trinidad and Tobago, parang denotes an array of several kinds of music related to the Christmas period that display special musical characteristics common in the Hispanic Caribbean. The vital instruments are the cuatro (small Renaissance...

Soca

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Soca is a style of popular dance music that emerged in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1970s and went on to become the dominant form of dance music in that country, particularly during the annual Carnival. The goal of the musicians who were...

Antigua and Barbuda

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 67,897 (2003) Measuring 14 miles (22.5 km) by 11 miles (18 km), Antigua is the largest of the former British Leeward Islands. The Siboney were the first to inhabit Antigua, in 2400 B.C. They were followed by the Arawaks,...

Trinidad and Tobago

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 1,104,209 (2003) Trinidad and Tobago is a twin-island nation. Trinidad, the southernmost of the Caribbean islands, is located just off the northeast coast of Venezuela and covers 1,864 sq miles (4,828 sq km...

Calypso

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The calypso is a song-dance complex which evolved in urban Trinidad in the latter decades of the nineteenth century. It is the product of the continual cross-fertilizations of several kindred West African musics and neo-African hybrids...