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“Mek Some Noise”: Gospel Music and the Ethics of Style in Trinidad

Timothy Rommen


This ethnographic study of Trinidadian gospel music engages the multiple musical styles circulating in the nation's Full Gospel community and illustrates the carefully negotiated and contested spaces that they occupy in relationship to questions of identity. By exploring gospelypso, jamoo (“Jehovah's music”), gospel dancehall, and North American gospel music, along with the discourses that surround performances in these styles, the book illustrates the extent to which value, meaning, and appropriateness are continually circumscribed and reinterpreted in the process of coming to terms with what ... More

Keywords: Trinidadian gospel music, gospelypso, jamoo, Jehovah's music, gospel dancehall, Full Gospel, Trinidad, ethics of style, identity, musical styles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520250673
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520250673.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Rommen, author