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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...

Barbados

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 277,264 (2003) Barbados is situated within the Caribbean archipelago and is the easternmost island of the West Indies. It is a relatively flat country of approximately 166 sq miles (430 sq km), its highest...

St Vincent and the Grenadines

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 116,812 (2003) St Vincent and the Grenadines, a lush, mountainous multi-island nation of some 150 sq miles (389 sq km), lies 200 miles (322 km) north of Venezuela. The original inhabitants...

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...