DanceHall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto (African and Diasporic Cultural Studies)

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Theoretically fresh, ethnographically rich and a pioneering effort, Dancehall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto is the only publication to date that has documented the institutional, industrial and cultural significance of Jamaican dancehall in local and transnational contexts. 

DanceHall combines cultural geography, performance studies and cultural studies to examine performance culture across the Black Atlantic. Taking Jamaican dancehall music as its prime example, DanceHall reveals a complex web of cultural practices, politics, rituals, philosophies, and survival strategies that link Caribbean, African and African diasporic performance.

Combining the rhythms of reggae, digital sounds and rapid-fire DJ lyrics, dancehall music was popularized in Jamaica during the later part of the last century by artists such as Shabba Ranks, Shaggy, Beenie Man and Buju Banton. Even as its popularity grows around the world, a detailed understanding of dancehall performance space, lifestyle and meanings is missing. Author Sonjah Stanley Niaah relates how dancehall emerged from the marginalized youth culture of Kingston's ghettos and how it remains inextricably linked to the ghetto, giving its performance culture and spaces a distinct identity. She reveals how dancehall's migratory networks, embodied practice, institutional frameworks, and ritual practices link it to other musical styles, such as American blues, South African kwaito, and Latin American reggaetòn. She shows that dancehall is part of a legacy that reaches from the dance shrubs of West Indian plantations and the early negro churches, to the taxi-dance halls of Chicago and the ballrooms of Manhattan. Indeed, DanceHall stretches across the whole of the Black Atlantic's geography and history to produce its detailed portrait of dancehall in its local, regional, and transnational performance spaces.

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The research contained in DanceHall will benefit secondary and tertiary students locally, regionally and globally who will be able to immediately access details of Jamaica's rich cultural enterprise in its pages for a range of endeavours around secondary and advanced level explorations in a variety of formal or informal activities. It is also critical for scholars and journalists who wish to dig deeper into the historical and performative legacies and traditions of dancehall. DanceHall will also increase cultural awareness and development while building a platform for intercultural exchange, and development of strategies for engaging creative industries locally and internationally.

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Sonjah Stanley Niaah is a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. The inaugural Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies (2005), she has been teaching Cultural Studies theory and Caribbean Cultural Studies for many years. With research interests around Black Atlantic performance geographies, ritual, dance, as well as popular culture and the sacred, Stanley Niaah is a leading author on Jamaican popular culture, and Caribbean Cultural Studies more broadly. She is the Editor of Proudflesh: Journal of Afrikan Politics and Culture.

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