Archipelagos of sound: transnational Caribbeanities, women and music

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Archipelagos of sound: transnational Caribbeanities, women and music, ed. by Ifeona Fulani. University of the West Indies Press, 2012. 343p ISBN 9789766402662 pbk, $40.00 Fulani (liberal studies, New York Univ.) intended this collection to explore issues associated with Caribbean women, music, and the global community. To that end, she enlisted a group of talented writers from the US, Canada, and the UK. By placing the Caribbean within the global community, these essays contribute to the discussion of diasporic musicians and elucidate the relationships between the Caribbean and the larger world. Emphasis is on the remarkable extent of the Caribbean’s influence, especially in the last 50 years. The book is divided into three parts- - "From the Postcolonial to the Transnational," "Performing/ Contesting/ Identities," and “At the Diasporic Crossroads.” As noted early on in the book, the Caribbean has neither a conventional boundary nor a center - - its influence has long been felt throughout the Western world and beyond. Artists discussed run the gamut from Louise Bennett and Celia Cruz (discussed in part 1) to Shakira and Rihanna (discussed in parts 2 and 3, respectively). A wealth of musical styles are discussed, gauged in terms of impact, and placed in a global context. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals; general readers.- - D.V. Moskowitz, University of South Dakota

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