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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 (2005) 9 (1): 40–63.
Published: 01 March 2005
...: University of Chicago Press, 2000); “World Music,” in Th e Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock, ed. Simon Frith, Will Straw, and John Street (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001); Shalini Puri, “Canonized Hybridities, Resistant Hybridities: Chutney Soca, Carnival, and the Politics...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (1): 1–16.
Published: 01 March 2003
... songs, and in this way a parallel national Indo-Trinidadian space is evoked and preserved. It therefore should have been no surprise that when female Indo-Trinidadian calyp- sonian Drupatee Ramgoonai brought chutney soca—the distinctively Indian version of Creole-derived...
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Small Axe (2022) 26 (2 (68)): 154–162.
Published: 01 July 2022
... for a politics of pleasure in live soca performance that gathers together audiences and artists in a sense of community. Guilbault sees pleasure as a useful tool to create “public intimacies” that bring together groups across difference in the space of live performance. Attending live soca concerts can foster...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 180–198.
Published: 01 March 2017
... of these creole legacies is to be located. Music provides fertile ground for the further exploration and excavation of Caribbean creolization. Of the many rhythms that infuse the Caribbean cultural landscape, including reggae, ska, calypso, soca, zouk, cadence, compas, salsa, son, timba, rumba, and reggaeton...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 133–148.
Published: 01 July 2016
...      soca boy tattoo littered biceps gold chain embellishments pants crotch crouching on bony knee-bone backside outside weed smokin' beer drinkin' dice rollin' unconscionables groovin' to conscious reggae      coopin' …     who comin'   who goin...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 112–122.
Published: 01 July 2017
... as it moves ( fig. 3 ). It is easy to imagine this cuff being worn at carnival fêtes. In San Fernando, the capital city of south Trinidad, there is usually an all-inclusive carnival fête on the San Fernando Hill on the same night as the Chutney-Soca Monarch competition. At around 11:00 p.m. the fête ends...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 117–123.
Published: 01 July 2011
... most at carnival, masquerading down the streets of Port-of-Spain ever-so-slightly tipsy on sun and soca. He was King of the band—the biggest of all costumes, resplendent in his array...
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Small Axe (2020) 24 (3 (63)): 97–127.
Published: 01 November 2020
... the Dragonaires in the 1950s, bringing to a global stage the sounds of ska, calypso, and later soca, which had been more readily associated with Trinidad and Tobago than Jamaica. Lee’s career spanned decades, through the evolution of Caribbean sound and taste from the early 1950s to the early 2000s. The lesser...
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Small Axe (2010) 14 (1 (31)): 60–78.
Published: 01 March 2010
... provocatively was prevalent during Carnival of the late 1980s, the anxieties expressed by the public in newspapers seemed to echo those of late-nineteenth-century Trinidad. Every Carnival, more and more women tended toward wearing bikini-based costumes and wining to soca,66 a tendency...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 241–249.
Published: 01 March 2017
... of each, matikor and heterosexual Indo-Caribbean female sexuality in general end up being primarily linked to the idea of practices that may reinforce heteropatriarchy. Likewise, the inclusion of Drupatee as the representative queen of chutney soca is a choice that comes with a particular limitation...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 164–173.
Published: 01 July 2011
...: Chutney Soca, Carnival, and the Politics of Nationalism,” in Belinda J. Edmondson, ed., Caribbean Romances: The Politics of Regional Representation (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1999), 12–38. 35 • July 2011 • Leah...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (2 (50)): 149–159.
Published: 01 July 2016
... bedroom. The windows were sealed shut. The air-conditioner unit breathed mold. Veins of green slime, varicose, heavy, spread into the corners and crevices. The room housed lives: boxes, piles of batteries, twenty-seven packages of Slam! (the dishwashing liquid popularized in the 1970s by a Soca song...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (2): 149–159.
Published: 01 June 2008
... histories. Here, Torres-Saillant also provocatively contends that the heightened academic and popular interest in Caribbean music (chutney, konpa, rara, racine, ragamuffin, reggae, reggaton, salsa, soca, zouk) over the last few decades has coincided with a regrettable loss of international prestige...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 123–134.
Published: 01 July 2017
... cousins or my aunts, and there were no movies—it was just music and food; that's what happens. So, everyone really knows all the latest chutney and soca songs because somebody has a tape or a CD or whatever that they brought down, and everyone is listening to that. But, it's really all about the food...
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Small Axe (2003) 7 (2): 23–38.
Published: 01 September 2003
... in the dance form known as wining, to the chutney-soca debates; or to the transgressive “slackness” of working-class dancehall culture in Jamaica My concern in this essay, however, is less to demonstrate the participation of women in the reputation pole of the Caribbean dual- ism than to question...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (2 (65)): 69–82.
Published: 01 July 2021
... traditions and trends—such as quelbe, cariso, fungi, zouk, belle, soca and calypso, salsa, meringue, and reggae—are embedded in the Virgin Islands. 6 How do the Jews and Frenchies fit into these ongoing social dynamics in St. Thomas? Even though Jews were banned from entering Denmark in the early...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 99–114.
Published: 01 July 2018
.... “Let’s go.” It was a Sunday afternoon in June 2010. Dino had popped a soca CD into the car radio. My friends John, Maria, and Alma were in the back seat. Both Dino and John were visiting from the United States; they are also both trans men of color. Maria and Alma are Dominican. They identify...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (3 (48)): 65–83.
Published: 01 November 2015
... sponsored the 1993 International Dub Poetry Festival also held in Toronto, which convened dub poets from Jamaica, rapso artists from Trinidad, soca artists from the Dominican Republic, and South African Township jive artists, expanding the musical range of dub poetry from reggae. 37 Susan Gingell...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (2 (35)): 7–23.
Published: 01 July 2011
... the point—as, I think, it was beside the point to decide on the sexuality of the men I observed at pretty mas’ two days later, men who marched down the street in costumes made for women, blending soca with Beyonce’s fiercest moves. Certainly, at least one of the men I saw marching...