After the dance, the drum are heavy : carnival, politics, and musical engagement in Haiti /

Dirksen, Rebecca

After the dance, the drum are heavy : carnival, politics, and musical engagement in Haiti / Rebecca Dirksen. . - xl, 441 sidor illustrationer 24 cm . - Currents in Latin American & Iberian music . . - Currents in Latin American & Iberian music . . - B33.155

Innehåller bibliografiska referenser (s. 403-424) och index.

Sounding Carnival -- Mixed Modes and Performance Codes of Political Demonstrations and Carnival -- Wyclef's Score: Popular Motion, Emotion, and Commotion -- Sweet Micky's Allure : Vagabonds, Vulgarities, and Street Politics -- The Konpa President's Government on Parade -- Ti Lili and Nèg Bannann nan (the Banana Man) -- The Population's Bacchanalia -- Response from the Roots: Still Not Afraid -- Re-Sounding Mizik Angaje.

"Haitian carnival offers a lens into popular power and politics. Political demonstrations in Haiti often manifest as musical performances. Studying carnival and political protest side by side brings insight to the musical engagement that ordinary citizens and celebrity musicians often cultivate and revere in contemporary Haiti. This book explores how the self-declared president of konpa Sweet Micky (Michel Martelly) rose to the nation's highest office while methodically crafting a political product inherently entangled with his musical product. It offers deep historical perspective on the characteristics of carnivalesque verbal play-and the performative skillset of the artist (Sweet Micky) who dominated carnival for more than a decade-including vulgarities and polemics. It moreover demonstrates that the practice of leveraging the carnivalesque for expedient political function has precedence in Haiti's history. Yet there has been profound resistance to this brand of politics led by many other high-profile artists, including Matyas and Jòj, Brothers Posse, Boukman Eksperyans, and RAM. These groups have each released popular carnival songs that have contributed to the public's discussions on what civic participation and citizenship in Haiti can and should be. Author Rebecca Dirksen presents an in-depth consideration of politically and socially engaged music and what these expressions mean for the Haitian population in the face of challenging political and economic circumstances. After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy centers the voices of Haitian musicians and regular citizens by extensively sharing interviews and detailed analyses of musical performance in the context of contemporary events well beyond the musical realm"--


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