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Published: 01 March 2016
“Blanc-Français”; music transcribed by the author. From Jean Prax, “Ahiti: Etudes sur la civilisation des Noirs” (unpublished manuscript, dated 1857), 717. By permission of the Archives diplomatiques, Ministère des affaires étrangères, La Courneuve, France “Blanc-Français”; music transcribed by More
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2010) 14 (1 (31)): 16–29.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Jocelyne Guilbault In this essay, I focus on soca, a music that has been criticized by numerous journalists, academics, calypsonians, politicians, and listeners for not engaging the political. Instead of dismissing soca as a legitimate critical public discourse, I address soca in relation to its...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2003) 7 (1): 95–115.
Published: 01 March 2003
...Patricia J. Saunders Small Axe Incorporated 2003 Is Not Everything Good to Eat, Good to Talk: Sexual Economy and Dancehall Music in the Global Marketplace Patricia J. Saunders What is to stop the youths and them out of control Full up with education, yet no earn a payroll...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2005) 9 (1): 40–63.
Published: 01 March 2005
...Jocelyne Guilbault Small Axe Incorporated 2005 Audible Entanglements: Nation and Diasporas in Trinidad’s Calypso Music Scene Jocelyne Guilbault n 1963 the Mighty Sparrow was crowned calypso king when he performed the song “Kennedy.” In newly independent Trinidad, this Grenadian...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2015) 19 (1 (46)): 109–117.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Brazilian racial identities and cultural politics. In conclusion, it proposes that Hall was a thinker whose occasionally preacherlike style indicated an openness to his audience and whose writing was structured like music. © Small Axe, Inc. 2015 Brazil reception style A note about conjuncture, personal...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 18–36.
Published: 01 March 2016
...“Blanc-Français”; music transcribed by the author. From Jean Prax, “Ahiti: Etudes sur la civilisation des Noirs” (unpublished manuscript, dated 1857), 717. By permission of the Archives diplomatiques, Ministère des affaires étrangères, La Courneuve, France “Blanc-Français”; music transcribed by...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 164–174.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Celeste Fraser Delgado This essay, a response to Alexandra T. Vazquez's Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013), follows Vazquez's lead to “listen in detail” to two ongoing musical projects, conceived and executed in the Little Havana nightclub known as Hoy Como Ayer, that...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 185–193.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Alexandra T. Vazquez Alexandra T. Vazquez hopes that her Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013) can be a historical contribution to the work now being done in the fresh waves of Miami studies. At the generous urging of reviewers Alejandra Bronfman, Celeste Fraser Delgado, and...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 155–163.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Alejandra Bronfman This short essay is a response to Alexandra T. Vazquez's Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013). It aims to recreate the experience of reading the book and the transformation in listening that the book prompted. Written in both personal and academic...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2017) 21 (1 (52)): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Kezia Page This essay explores the roots of the reggae revival in Jamaica. It considers what it means that the revival is not singularly located in music and sound but that revivalists imagine an artistic community and aesthetic that includes a number of other art forms as well. Through a close...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2018) 22 (1 (55)): 55–69.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Petra R. Rivera-Rideau In 2012, reggaeton artist Tego Calderón released a music video for his song “Robin Hood.” The video tells the story of a man who aids a group of undocumented Dominican immigrants to Puerto Rico. Through a close reading of “Robin Hood,” this essay argues that Calderón...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2018) 22 (1 (55)): 172–180.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Wayne Marshall This essay responds to Louis Chude-Sokei’s The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics by highlighting the book’s crucial musical threads in order to examine how it reorients specific histories of black music, offers new openings for musicology and sound studies, and makes...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 June 2007) 11 (2): 66–87.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Ama Few Jamaican visual artists have been able to capture the quintessence of Jamaican identity in the way that Ras Daniel Heartman did, exposing powerful images of Rastafari that are unequalled in any genre. While reggae music provided a soundtrack to the conscious struggle for self-determination...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2009) 13 (2): 185–199.
Published: 01 July 2009
... “camps.” This essay agrees with Price's argument against the starkly opposed positions of the past, but proposes that it may be too early to lay this continuing debate entirely to rest. Using music as a point of departure, it argues that experiential understandings that privilege cultural continuity, if...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 November 2013) 17 (3 (42)): 113–124.
Published: 01 November 2013
... Césaire explicitly builds her novel from the tales she has collected in her professional ethnographic research, the art of storytelling is only referred to indirectly and is built into a larger structure based on environment, music, rhythm, dance, and movement. These alliances between literature...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2014) 18 (2 (44)): 173–179.
Published: 01 July 2014
...Tavia Nyong'o This essay reviews two recent publications in the area of black music and sound studies—Julian Henriques's Sonic Bodies: Reggae Sound Systems, Performance Techniques, and Ways of Knowing (2011) and Alexander G. Weheliye's Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (2005)—taking...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 79–91.
Published: 01 March 2016
... essay argues that plantation activities were rebellious and inventive spaces that enunciate “the revolutionary demand for happiness.” This demand for happiness draws attention to how musical beats and grooves are rebellious enthusiasms that recode ongoing plantation logics and, as well, open up a new...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2016) 20 (1 (49)): 175–184.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Samantha Pinto This essay argues that there has been a subtle revolution in African diaspora studies that is emerging across very recent scholarship. Alexandra T. Vazquez's Listening in Detail: Performances of Cuban Music (Duke, 2013) is part of a larger movement in the field of black diaspora...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 July 2015) 19 (2 (47)): 85–93.
Published: 01 July 2015
...Karen Jaime This essay attends to José E. Muñoz's influence on hispanophone Caribbean studies through the work of Dominican lesbian performance artist Rita Indiana. Jaime argues that in the music video “Da pa' lo' do',” or “There Is Enough for Both,” Indiana uses Muñoz's theory of disidentification...
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Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1 March 2017) 21 (1 (52)): 180–198.
Published: 01 March 2017
... cultural identity, also visible in Caribbean carnivals and in regional musical rhythms such as zouk. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017 carnival exchange identity zouk From the very moment of its publication in 1989, the Éloge de la créolité and its authors—Jean Bernabé, Patrick Chamoiseau, and Raphaël Confiant...