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Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas

Martin Munro


Long a taboo subject among critics, rhythm finally takes center stage in this book's wide-ranging examination of diverse black cultures across the New World. This book traces the central—and contested—role of music in shaping identities, politics, social history, and artistic expression. Starting with enslaved African musicians, the book takes us to Haiti, Trinidad, the French Caribbean, and to the civil rights era in the United States. Along the way, it highlights such figures as Toussaint Louverture, Jacques Roumain, Jean Price-Mars, The Mighty Sparrow, Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant, Joseph ... More

Keywords: rhythm, identities, politics, social history, artistic expression, African musicians, civil rights, black cultures, race, New World

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520262829
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Munro, author