Dancehall: A Reader on Jamaican Music and Culture
$49.00

Dancehall: A Reader on Jamaican Music and Culture

By Sonjah Stanley Niaah
US$ 49.00
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Book Description

Dancehall is one of eight musical genres created in Jamaica and, in the past two decades, it has become one of the most influential Jamaican cultural exports since reggae. The impact of dancehall extends far beyond Jamaica and is evident in music genres (such as hip hop, trip hop, jungle, reggaeton, South African kwaito and Nigerian Afrobeats) and international fashion, film and dance.

This interdisciplinary volume documents various aspects of dancehall’s global impact, evolution and influence in gender, political economy, geography, ethnomusicology, spirituality, music production, fashion and language. Each selection interrogates the range of meanings ascribed to dancehall culture, a phenomenon which has been seen to be associated with violence, crime and debauchery. This collection exposes the immense cultural work towards self-expression and identity in post-colonial Jamaica which takes shape through dancehall and the contributors apply a new level of seriousness, depth and academic rigour to dancehall studies.

Table of Contents
  • Sound Culture Series
  • Title page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgementsand Permissions
  • Introduction / Niaah
  • PART 1. EARLY REFLECTIONS
    • 1. The Development of JamaicanPopular Music / White
    • 2. Slackness Hiding from Culture / Cooper
    • 3. Murderation / Stolzoff
    • 4. Gun Talk and Girls’ Talk / Pereira
  • PART 2. NEGOTIATION, URBAN SPACE AND EXPERIENCE
    • 5. Post-Nationalist Geographies / Chude-Sokei
    • 6. An Archaeology of Dancehall / Beier
    • 7. Sampling City / Perkins
    • 8. Tommy Lee as “Uncle Demon” / Clarke
    • 9. Dancehall Political Patronage and Gun Violence / Howard
  • PART 3. ENGAGEMENT, SPECTACLE AND THE LANGUAGE OF PERFORMANCE
    • 10. Video Light / Thompson
    • 11. “Spar wid Me” and Other Stories of Civic Engagement in the Sound Clash Arena / Chamberlain
    • 12. Death before Dishonour / Henry
  • PART 4. SEXUAL POLITICS AND AESTHETICS
    • PART 5. SOUND SYSTEM, RIDDIM AND PRACTICE
    • 17. A Caribbean Taste of Technology / Henriques
    • 18. The Riddim Method / Manuel and Marshall
    • 19. “ ‘Sleng Teng’ Dominate Bad, Bad” / MacLeod
    • 20. Sleng Teng / Hitchins
    • 13. Out and Bad / Ellis
    • 14. Fashion Ova Style / Hope
    • 15. Ghetto Girls/Urban Music / Skelton
    • 16. “A Uman Wi Niem!” / Pinnock
  • PART 6. RITUAL, CELEBRATION, SPACE
    • 21. Ritual and Community in Dancehall Performance / Stanley Niaah
    • 22. Egúngún in Disguise / De Torres
    • 23. Representations of “Obeah” and “Bad-Mind” in Contemporary Jamaican Dancehall / Lawton
  • PART 7. ADORNMENT, EMBODIMENT AND STYLE
    • 24. Fabricating Identities / Bakare-Yusuf
    • 25. Dancehall Bodies / Patten
    • 26. “Born in Chanel, Christen in Gucci” / Shaw Nevins
  • PART 8. THE DANCEHALL TRANSNATION
    • 27. Music and Orality / Sterling
    • 28. Zimdancehall / Hollington
    • 29. Black Music, Popular Cultureand Existential Capital / Muniz
    • 30. White Faces in Intimate Spaces / Mann
  • PART 9. TRIBUTE TO BOGLE
    • 31. “Bogle ah di Order fi di Day" / Stanley Niaah
  • Contributors
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