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Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making

John Cowley

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ISBN 10: 0521481384 / ISBN 13: 9780521481380
Published by Cambridge University Press, 1996
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Title: Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

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Starting from the days of slavery and following through to the first decades of the twentieth century, this book traces the evolution of Carnival and secular black music in Trinidad and beyond. Calypso emerged as the preeminent Carnival song form at the end of the nineteenth century and its association with the festival is investigated, as are the first commercial recordings by Trinidad performers. Considerable use is made of contemporary newspaper reports, colonial documents, travelogues, oral history and folklore, providing an authoritative treatment of a fascinating story in popular cultural history.

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Starting from the days of slavery and following through to the first decades of the twentieth century, this book traces the evolution of Carnival and secular black music in Trinidad and beyond. Calypso emerged as the pre-eminent Carnival song from the end of the nineteenth century and the early commercial recordings are discussed. Considerable use is made of contemporary newspaper reports. colonial documents, travelogues, oral history and folklore, providing an authoritative treatment of a fascinating story in popular cultural history.

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