An Intellectual History of the Caribbean by S. Torres-Saillant

By S. Torres-Saillant

This is first highbrow heritage of the Caribbean written through a most sensible Caribbean reviews student. The publication examines either the paintings of natives of the area in addition to texts interpretive of the area produced via Western authors. Stressing the experimental and cultural particularity of the Caribbean, the examine considers significant questions within the field.

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The myriad flights of population that have characterized the Caribbean experience have culminated in the cultural and existential expansion of the sending world over several centuries. West Indians made up a substantial portion of the black community that emerged from 1730 onward in Liverpool, INTRODUCTION 21 where today some black Liverpudlians can trace their roots in that city “for as many as ten generations” (Costello 2001:8). Elsewhere in England and much later in time, namely London in the mid-twentieth century, people from the British Caribbean made up an ethnic enclave so aware of its cultural apartness that Samuel Selvon could venture to imagine them as part of an insulated urban cosmos in The Lonely Londoners (1956).

Marley had the two contenders shake hands, and eyewitnesses recall that peace reigned in the land over the next few days. The moral power displayed by this reggae legend for a crucial instant in Jamaican life would seem to encourage the emphasis of several ethnomusicologists and cultural studies scholars who stress the transformative and ultimately liberatory role music plays in the Caribbean. In this respect, Jocelyne Guilbault embraces Peter Manuel’s view that “music functions not merely as a passive reflection of broader sociocultural phenomena but also as an active contributor to the processes of cultural change,” arguing further that “music participates in the process of production in a society in multifaceted ways” (Guilbault 1993:xvii).

Kwabena Nketia: “A village that has no organized music or neglects community singing, drumming, or dancing is said to be dead” (238). None of the scholars, writers, or performers thus far cited, however, would venture to specify with precision in exactly what way musical expression intervenes in society to deploy its liberatory, empowering, resistive, and revolutionary potential for the discernible benefit of the people of the Caribbean. Save for very rare moments such as that when Manley and Seaga were lured by reggae rhythms to shake hands on stage and forge consequently a brief moment of peace in Jamaica, few proponents of the socially and politically transformative function of music would venture to make a case that relies on history rather than on lyrical flare.

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