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...While a more prominent diaspora had already introduced Jamaican music to the British mainstream, in 1969 Desmond Dekker became the first Jamaican artist performing Jamaican music to have a Top 10 single in the United States. Born Desmond...

Caribbean Religions and Popular Music

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...The intersection of popular music styles and various Caribbean religious traditions dates back to the colonial era. From the fifteenth through to the twentieth centuries, the modern Caribbean population and demographic picture developed....

Jimmy Cliff

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...Jimmy Cliff’s career spanned an era that saw the international popularization of ska and reggae music. Born in St. James, Jamaica in 1948, Cliff started writing songs at a young age while listening to his neighbor’s music. He entered...

Fats Domino

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...In his combination of New Orleans R & B and boogie-woogie piano, Fats Domino proved to be one of the most successful, and longest lasting, early rock and roll performers. Born in New Orleans in 1928, Domino began to learn piano at age ten...

Ska in Europe

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...First emerging as a music and dance style between the late 1950s and the early 1960s, ska is usually considered the first homegrown Jamaican music genre, combining elements of US R&B and jazz with folk music traditions. Due to the legacy...

The Clash

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...The British punk band the Clash combined diverse musical influences with constantly critical political intentionality and, in the process, provided the soundtrack for an entire generation. Formed in London in 1976, veterans of the city...

Madness

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...As part of the British Two-Tone ska revival, Madness brought a performative sense of humor to its socially charged material. Formed in London in 1976, Madness evolved from the core members of the North London Invaders and, after a series...

Buru

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Buru is a multifaceted set of Jamaican cultural practices that evolved into two fairly distinct but parallel traditions, one involving a combination of masquerade, dance and music, and the other involving processional music (drumming...

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...