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Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Shannon Dudley

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

A symbol of Trinidadian culture, the steelband has made an extraordinary transformation since its origins: from junk metal to steel orchestra, and from disparaged underclass pastime to Trinidad and ... More


What She Go Do: Women in Afro-Trinidadian Music

Hope Munro

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781496807533
eISBN:
9781496807571
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496807533.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

In the 1990s, expressive culture in the Caribbean was becoming noticeably more feminine. At the annual Carnival of Trinidad and Tobago, thousands of female masqueraders dominated the street festival ... More


The Legacy of Eric Williams: Into the Postcolonial Moment

Tanya L. "Shields (ed.)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781628462425
eISBN:
9781626746985
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628462425.001.0001
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This book provides an indispensable and significant understanding of Eric Williams’ contributions to the now independent nation of Trinidad and Tobago and his impact on the broader international ... More


Tradition Reaffirming Itself in New Forms: An Overview of Trinidad and Tobago Folk Dances

Hazel Franco (ed.)

in Making Caribbean Dance: Continuity and Creativity in Island Cultures

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813034676
eISBN:
9780813046303
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034676.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Dance

Hazel Franco braids the many strands of the two islands' (Trinidad and Tobago) folk dance cultures with their histories. She focuses on Afro-Trinidadian dances and their underlying African heritages ... More


The British West Indies

Charles O.H. Parkinson

in Bills of Rights and Decolonization: The Emergence of Domestic Human Rights Instruments in Britain's Overseas Territories

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199231935
eISBN:
9780191716157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231935.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Legal History

During independence negotiations in British Guiana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, the debate about bills of rights did not focus on the merits of bills of rights in protecting the rights of ... More


Making Caribbean Dance: Continuity and Creativity in Island Cultures

Susanna Sloat

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780813034676
eISBN:
9780813046303
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813034676.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This book tells how Caribbean dance is shaped by cultures mixing Africa and Europe and sometimes Asia in a new world. Many authors are cultural leaders on the islands, while others live elsewhere, ... More


Women and the De-Africanization of Trinidad Carnival: From the Jamette to Bikini, Beads, and Feathers

Dwaine Plaza and Jan DeCosmo

in Carnival Is Woman: Feminism and Performance in Caribbean Mas

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781496825445
eISBN:
9781496825490
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496825445.003.0002
Subject:
History, Latin American History

This chapter examines the evolution of Carnival traditions in Trinidad and Tobago as they relate to the historical context in which Carnival evolved from European traditions with distinct African ... More


Introduction: Military Might, Melodious Music

Andrew R. Martin

in Steelpan Ambassadors: The US Navy Steel Band, 1957-1999

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496812407
eISBN:
9781496812445
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496812407.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This introductory chapter briefly discusses an in-depth study of the US Navy Steel Band and its relationship within the scope of two overarching narratives: the development of post-WWII military ... More


Racial and Ethnic Economic Inequality: A Cross-National Perspective

William A. Darity Jr.

in Race, Poverty, and Domestic Policy

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300095418
eISBN:
9780300129847
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300095418.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter presents a cross-national survey of discrimination in market-based economies. It examines racial/ethnic economic inequality in Brazil, the United States, Israel, South Africa, India, ... More


Introduction

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the “behind the bridge” metaphor and what it means for Trinidadians. It discusses the author’s first impressions about Trinidad and Tobago, ... More


The Steelband Movement and Music

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter shows that a dynamic relationship between musical aspirations and sociopolitical resistance is embedded in the very stories of pan’s origin, which foreground new musical opportunities as ... More


An Unlikely Instrument

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter illustrates major tuning innovations through detailed profiles of four tuners: Neville Jules of the Trinidad All Stars, Ellie Mannette of Invaders, Anthony Williams of the North Stars, ... More


The National Instrument

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter shows how the conceptual distance between the idea of pan as the persecuted invention of poor black people on the one hand, and as the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago on the ... More


Dropping the Bomb

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

At the time of Trinidad’s independence from England, the most popular and hotly contested carnival performance venue for steelbands was the “Bomb,” in which steelbands played arrangements of foreign ... More


A Showcase for Pan

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The steelband has spent most of its adult life obsessed with the Panorama competition. Beginning as it did, in conjunction with Trinidad and Tobago’s independence, the Panorama competition was from ... More


The Rise of the Arranger

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Panorama produced a new category of steelband hero. For all its political and artistic constraints, the new competition offered a scope for arranging and composition that was unequaled, not only in ... More


Community Participation

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

In contrast to the arrangers’ conception of Panorama as an opportunity to explore and innovate, the expectations of players and supporters constrain innovation and sometimes frustrate arrangers. The ... More


Contest and Control

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Many Trinidadians feel that the ideal conception of carnival as a community-based celebration is threatened today by middle- and upper-class participation, expensive fees for mass-produced costumes, ... More


Writing Their Own Tunes

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

Beginning in the 1970s, Ray Holman and Boogsie Sharpe shook up Panorama by composing their own music, or “own tunes,” for the competition. The controversy this provoked drew attention to the newly ... More


From Panman to Pannist

Shannon Dudley

in Music from behind the Bridge: Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195175479
eISBN:
9780199851522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175479.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

As the steelband approached middle age in the 1980s, it was diagnosed with a malady called the “Panorama mentality” or “Panorama syndrome,” which manifested itself as an unhealthy and exclusive ... More


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