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Regional Discourses on Society and History

Shaping the Caribbean

Edited By Jerome Teelucksingh and Shane Pantin

This book thematically analyses and surveys areas of Caribbean history and society. The work is divided into three parts: part one addresses migration and identity; part two explores policy and development; and part three explores music and literature. The volume places a fresh perspective on these topics. The essays depart from the usual broader themes of politics, economics and society and provide a deeper insight into forces that left a decisive legacy on aspects of the Caribbean region. Such contributions come at a time when some of the Caribbean territories are marking over 50 years as independent nation states and attempting to create, understand and forge ways of dealing with critical national and regional issues. The volume brings together a broad group of scholars writing on Caribbean issues including postgraduate students, lecturers, and researchers. Each chapter is thematically divided into the aforementioned areas. This book addresses areas much deeper than the linear historical and social science models, and it offers Caribbean academics and researchers a foundation for further research.

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10. Mapping a Musical Journey of Soca in the Crop Over Festival of Barbados (Allison O. Ramsay)


10. Mapping a Musical Journey of Soca in the Crop Over Festival of Barbados

Allison O. Ramsay

Soca music emerged during the post-independence period in the Anglophone Caribbean and is an important aspect of the region’s popular culture. The Crop Over Festival has become a national symbol of Barbados and identifiable with this country since the late twentieth century. There are many facets to the Crop Over Festival; nevertheless, in Barbados’ modern history, calypso and soca are the two main genres of music that are produced for this festival and have become a driving force in relation to the entertainment sector and the island’s cultural industries. Calypso and soca music are an essential part of the intangible cultural heritage of Barbados and through the Crop Over Festival play a vital role in the promotion of heritage tourism, particularly festival tourism. I seek to discuss the importance of soca to Barbados from the perspective of the space and place it occupies in the nation’s Crop Over Festival. An examination of the development of national platforms for this soundscape is undertaken, particularly from the period of the 1990s into the twenty-first century. This discussion chronicles the emergence of soca competitions, some controversies surrounding them, their competitors and monarchs in a mapping of a musical journey of soca in the Crop Over Festival of Barbados.

Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Caribbean: Calypso and Soca

Oral expression such as music and festive events, namely festivals and...

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