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"Collecting essays by fourteen expert contributors into a trans-oceanic celebration and critique, Mamadou Diouf and Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo show how music, dance, and popular culture turn ways of remembering Africa into African ways of remembering.  With a mix of Nuyorican, Cuban, Haitian, Kenyan, Senegalese, Trinidagonian, and Brazilian beats, Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World proves that the pleasures of poly-rhythm belong to the realm of the discursive as well as the sonic and the kinesthetic."
---Joseph Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater, Yale University

"As necessary as it is brilliant, Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World dances across, beyond, and within the Black Atlantic Diaspora with the aplomb and skill befitting its editors and contributors."
---Mark Anthony Neal, author of Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic

Along with linked modes of religiosity, music and dance have long occupied a central position in the ways in which Atlantic peoples have enacted, made sense of, and responded to their encounters with each other. This unique collection of essays connects nations from across the Atlantic---Senegal, Kenya, Trinidad, Cuba, Brazil, and the United States, among others---highlighting contemporary popular, folkloric, and religious music and dance. By tracking the continuous reframing, revision, and erasure of aural, oral, and corporeal traces, the contributors to Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World collectively argue that music and dance are the living evidence of a constant (re)composition and (re)mixing of local sounds and gestures.

Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World distinguishes itself as a collection focusing on the circulation of cultural forms across the Atlantic world, tracing the paths trod by a range of music and dance forms within, across, or beyond the variety of locales that constitute the Atlantic world. The editors and contributors do so, however, without assuming that these paths have been either always in line with national, regional, or continental boundaries or always transnational, transgressive, and perfectly hybrid/syncretic. This collection seeks to reorient the discourse on cultural forms moving in the Atlantic world by being attentive to the specifics of the forms---their specific geneses, the specific uses to which they are put by their creators and consumers, and the specific ways in which they travel or churn in place.

Mamadou Diouf is Leitner Family Professor of African Studies, Director of the Institute of African Studies, and Professor of History at Columbia University.

Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo is Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

Jacket photograph by Elias Irizarry

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. I. Religion
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. The Economic Vitamins of Cuba: Sacred and Other Dance Performance
  2. pp. 19-40
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  1. Performing Pentecostalism: Music, Identity, and the Interplay of Jamaican and African American Styles
  2. pp. 41-54
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  1. “The Women Have on All Their Clothes”: Reading the Texts of Holy Hip-Hop
  2. pp. 55-75
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  1. II. Dance
  2. pp. 77-78
  1. Rhythmic Remembrances
  2. pp. 79-94
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  1. Citizenship and Dance in Urban Brazil: Grupo Corpo, a Case Study
  2. pp. 95-120
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  1. Muscle/Memories: How Germaine Acogny and Diane McIntyre Put Their Feet Down
  2. pp. 121-135
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  1. “To Carry the Dance of the People Beyond”: Jean Léon Destiné, Lavinia Williams, and Danse Folklorique Haïtienne
  2. pp. 136-157
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  1. III. Contemporary Music
  2. pp. 159-160
  1. Motherland Hip-Hop: Connective Marginality and African American Youth Culture in Senegal and Kenya
  2. pp. 161-177
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  1. New York Bomba: Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, and a Bridge Called Haiti
  2. pp. 178-199
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  1. Talking Drums: Soca and Go-Go Music as Grassroots Identity Movements
  2. pp. 200-213
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  1. Warriors of the Word: Rapso in Trinidad’s Festival Culture
  2. pp. 214-233
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  1. Timba Brava: Maroon Music in Cuba
  2. pp. 234-256
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  1. Salsa Memory: Revisiting Grupo Folkl
  2. pp. 256-268
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  1. Epilogue: Performing Memories—The Atlantic Theater of Cultural Production and Exchange
  2. pp. 269-274
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472901203
Related ISBN(s)
9780472027477, 9780472070961
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OCLC
694361471
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
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