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Small Axe (2014) 18 (3 (45)): 90–106.
Published: 01 November 2014
... Walcott's play Drums and Colours and the essays and poetry of Monchoachi show the creative engagement with a differential opacity that speaks to the negotiation of the specificities of self-determination and self-definition necessary to the postcolonial condition. © Small Axe, Inc. 2014 Monchoachi...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (1 (61)): 87–95.
Published: 01 March 2020
... three important events in the history of the anglophone Caribbean. It is therefore interesting to observe that Walcott’s play Drums and Colours dramatically engages these historical markers that Lamming references. Drums and Colours was commissioned to mark the coming into existence of the West...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 124–134.
Published: 01 July 2011
... week, their tambourines drizzling, their kettle drums sizzling, their hands clap thunder, their feet stomp the dead, their voices skitter across some dark past, so dark...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 211–222.
Published: 01 July 2013
... the ocean floor is strewn with the bones of the Lucayan Tainos. I believe you are bringing yourselves back to life. Moon-coloured skeletons rise, spirit-dust come, search for bits of flesh and strands of long black hair among the coral headstones of your graves, weave your bodies back...
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Small Axe (2014) 18 (2 (44)): 191–201.
Published: 01 July 2014
... but the essential drum and base, to create an echoic space in the music for the listener to enter. The material and ethereal aspects of sounding generate an inseparable whole. Sounding is a simultaneous expression of both earthly and angelic powers. Against this, the Western Enlightenment tradition, with its fear...
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Small Axe (2002) 6 (1): 59–76.
Published: 01 March 2002
... otherness of the racial outsider and the contradiction that will haunt the future of West Indian writing: a tacit acceptance of Eurocentric aesthetic norms on the one hand, the awareness of racial diff erences on the other. Williams adopts a universalizing stance to posit the color-blindness of art...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 37–54.
Published: 01 March 2015
... resident in South Africa was his motivation for the conference as well as his 1902 pamphlet The British Negro: A Factor in the Empire . He moved to South Africa to start a “federation” of non-Europeans (Malays, West Indians, coloureds, and Indians). 2 Nearly a decade after Wooding's syllabus...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 1–28.
Published: 01 November 2015
... “coloured” employees within a corporation of almost five thousand staff, Marson often became by default a spokesperson for the entire anglophone Caribbean. We will see that when her role was contested, it was typically on the grounds that her programs were unbalanced or not representative of either...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 97–127.
Published: 01 November 2020
... 1940s and early 1950s. During World War II, the “color bar” often remanded black servicepeople to noncombat occupations, including menial or technical positions. Enlisted people from the Caribbean, many of whom were Afro–West Indian and served in the Royal Air Force, used their prior technical knowledge...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 133–144.
Published: 01 February 2008
... composition of Christie’s, except that this dotted colour separates, reminding of the fabrication of all forms of imaging. Each of the volumes has its author and title lettered in white, sans serif and cursive. But understanding this familial relation between the formal devices used...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 46–71.
Published: 01 March 2003
... not resolved, and so on. So they shot again, and it was then that they started bring- ing in the atmosphere, all the colour, all the feeling, the ambience of the story came out then Of the script, St. Juste remarks, “I understand there was supposed to be a script by Trevor Rhone and Perry Henzell, but I...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (2): 80–96.
Published: 01 June 2006
... hotel, your room. You long to refresh yourself. . . . That water have you ever seen anything like it? Far out, to the horizon, the colour of the water is navy-blue; nearer, the water is the colour of the North American sky. . . . Oh what beauty! Oh, what beauty! You have never seen anything like...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (2 (62)): 35–52.
Published: 01 July 2020
... Blog , 9 March 2017, petchary.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/why-i-wont-be-shaking-a-tambourine/ . 29 See David V. Trotman, “Women and Crime in Late Nineteenth Century Trinidad,” Caribbean Quarterly 30, nos. 3–4 (1984): 60–72. 30 On the Morant Bay Rebellion, see Clinton A. Hutton, Colour...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 60–78.
Published: 01 March 2010
... in the barrack yards where they resided.11 While masquerading, they “boasted their skill and bravery, verbal wit, talent in song, dance, and drumming, their indifference to the law, their sexual prowess, their familiarity with jail, and sometimes their contempt for the church.”12 The women more often than...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2003
... sets, and black sets, and sets of all intermediate gradations of colour. . . . I had never seen more beautiful creatures than there were among the brown sets—clear olive complexions, and fi ne faces, elegant carriages, splendid fi gures—full, plump, magnifi cent.” Michael Scott...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (1): 134–149.
Published: 01 March 2005
... Congress without ever mentioning that there were francophone women of color in Paris at the time.⁷ Her 1933 novel Comedy: American Style is set largely in France but says nothing about francophone women there.⁸ As I recount in Th e Practice of Diaspora, Bennett and Fauset do however write about...
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Small Axe (2005) 9 (2): 124–149.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of the vèvè in West African practices of Vodun. Bay writes: In Benin, performance takes place out of doors, with a large tree serving as the centre pole around which the vodunsi parade and dance. Th e vodoun are summoned by hours of drumming and dancing. Vèvè in the elaborate form...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 24–45.
Published: 01 July 2022
...) around his neck suggest he is a pandit , or Hindu priest. The man to the right is holding a dholak drum, while behind them is the tadjah float, a paper and bamboo replica of the tomb of the martyred grandsons of the Prophet, Hassan and Hosain, used in street processions for Hosay. Because there were...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 65–83.
Published: 01 November 2015
... insights into the black Atlantic and the challenge of experiencing dub as a sound archive but also as a phenomenology that raises questions of embodiment and gendered bodily labor. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 sound archive dub phenomenology embodiment erotics yes dis poem is a drum ashanti mau...
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Small Axe (2006) 10 (1): 59–73.
Published: 01 February 2006
... the police; a policeman; soldier; representative of the State Binghi main celebration of the most orthodox Rastas with meditation, reasoning, drumming, and usually fi re lighting in the mountains Bobo Ashanti a “house”( denomination) of Rastafari (cf.f Nyabinghi...