King Yellowman: Meaningful Bodies in Jamaican Dancehall Culture

King Yellowman: Meaningful Bodies in Jamaican Dancehall Culture

By Brent Hagerman
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Book Description

Jamaican deejay Yellowman divided a country with his bawdy songs and his very body: he has been wildly popular among dancehall fans, yet widely despised by polite society. Even though his contribution to Jamaican musical culture is immense, scholars have ignored him and reggae histories have largely misunderstood him.

King Yellowman: Meaningful Bodies in Jamaican Dancehall Culture is the first serious study of one Jamaica's most significant artists and dancehall’s first major international star. It is a critical biography designed to satisfy fans while furthering academic discourse on dancehall by offering a new perspective on the way Yellowman negotiates the slackness/culture binary in Jamaican music.

Based on years of ethnographic fieldwork, Brent Hagerman begins with the compelling story of Winston Foster’s early life as an abandoned ghetto outcast and his hard-fought journey to become the King of Dancehall, then goes on to a critical exploration of the marginalization of people with albinism in Jamaica and the use of slackness in Caribbean music. Through slackness and his mobilization of Rastafarian symbols, Yellowman subverts embedded Jamaican cultural notions of sexuality, gender, and race to overcome his cultural displacement, promote his yellow body as sexually appealing and forge a place for himself among the Jamaican body politic.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Sound Culture series information
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part 1. The Life and Times of Yellowman
    • 1. Abandoned: The Early Life of Winston “Yellowman” Foster, 1957–1971
    • 2. From Alpha to Eventide: The Teenage Years, 1971–1976
    • 3. Ranking Dundus: Breaking into the Music Business, 1977–1978
    • 4. Mad over Me: Tastee Talent Competition to Aces International, 1979–1981
    • 5. Ram Jam Master, 1981
    • 6. Jamaica Proud of Me, 1982
    • 7. King Yellowman, 1983–1984
    • 8. Can’t Hide from Jah: Encounters with Religion
    • 9. Sufferation, That’s All I Know: Cancer, 1985
    • 10. Message to the World: Prayer and More Slackness
  • Photographs
  • Part 2. Meaningful Bodies in Jamaican Dancehall Culture
    • Introduction to part 2
    • 11. Yellowman, Race, Sex and Masculinity
    • 12. Yellowman in Reggae Histories and Scholarship
    • 13. Yellowman, Slackness and Social Critique
    • 14. Yellowman as Moral Regulator
    • 15. Yellowman, Sex and Religion
  • Conclusion: Yellowman’s Slackness as Resistance
  • Appendix 1. “Galong Galong Galong”
  • Appendix 2. Selected Album Covers
  • Notes
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
    • Chapter 6
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8
    • Chapter 9
    • Chapter 10
    • Chapter 11
    • Chapter 12
    • Chapter 13
    • Chapter 14
    • Chapter 15
    • Appendix
  • References
  • Index
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