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‘Fightin’ the Future': Rhythm and Creolization in the Circum-Caribbean

‘Fightin’ the Future': Rhythm and Creolization in the Circum-Caribbean

Chapter:
(p.113) ‘Fightin’ the Future': Rhythm and Creolization in the Circum-Caribbean
Source:
American Creoles
Author(s):
Martin Munro
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317200.007

The colonial Caribbean created anti-rhythmic societies that lack the basic rhythmic socialization, an effective means of transgressing social and racial divides. This chapter discusses rhythm as a prominent factor of creolization and as a fundamental element of the circum-Caribbean world. It describes the ways in which rhythm creates a unique social order and culture in the territories of the circum-Caribbean. The chapter focuses on James Brown's rhythmic innovations in the 1960s and examines them in relation to other instances in Haiti, Martinique and Trinidad, where rhythm has been an important factor in moments of social and personal transformation.

Keywords:   Caribbean, rhythmic socialization, rhythm, creolization, circum-Caribbean, James Brown, Haiti, Martinique, Trinidad

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