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Small Axe (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 (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...
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Small Axe (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 (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...
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Published: 01 November 2020
Figure 9 Wife and husband cofounders of the music label VP Records, Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin and Vincent “Randy” Chin, in their shop, Randy’s Record Mart, in Kingston, Jamaica, 1958. Courtesy of VP Records More
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 109–117.
Published: 01 March 2015
... on 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...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (1 (49)): 18–36.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Kate Hodgson “Certain songs have the power to overthrow a government,” Haitian president and musician Michel Martelly remarked on the eve of Carnival 2013, evoking a long-standing tradition of musical dissent in Haitian politics. The historic role of popular Creole-language songs in the political...
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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 More
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Small Axe (2019) 23 (3 (60)): 34–49.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Jason Frydman This essay decodes how Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings uses the history of Jamaican music, culminating in the conflict between roots reggae and dancehall, to chart the Cold War’s temporality, futurity, and ideological conflicts over time, temporality, and futurity...
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Small Axe (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...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 36–49.
Published: 01 July 2021
.... Through her bomba and plena compositions, she helped forge modern black Puerto Rican music amid the rapid industrialization of Puerto Rico after the 1950s. However, her story has been overshadowed by the aura of her son, the legendary Afro–Puerto Rican singer Ismael “Maelo” Rivera (1931–87). Although Doña...
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Small Axe (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 (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 (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 (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 (2009) 13 (2): 185–199.
Published: 01 July 2009
....” 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 properly...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 180–198.
Published: 01 March 2017
... for cultural identity, also visible in Caribbean carnivals and in regional musical rhythms such as zouk. © Small Axe, Inc. 2017 carnival exchange identity zouk Its integration of foreign elements cannot be denied: zouk's unique amalgam of musics … is what has allowed it to cultivate a wide...
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Small Axe (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 (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 (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...