Archipelagos of Sound: Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music
Archipelagos of Sound: Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music is an edited volume of chapters that examines the role women in the Caribbean musical scene. According to the editor, the “volume assumes the persistence of unifying cultural patterns within the region” (p. 3) and the contributors resisted “the usual separation of Hispanic, francophone and Anglophone Caribbean cultures” (p.3). These decisions shape the trajectory of the volume because even though the artists and art forms included are diverse, what emerges is a serious discussion about the place of female performers in Caribbean and diasporic spaces. The focus of this collection on women encourages the reader to consider the role of women and the female voice in what it still a masculine space – the musical stage. Fulani and her colleagues present us with the opportunity to consider how gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity and nationality shape these performers and our interaction with them as the audience.