Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large
By (author) Carolyn Cooper
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Sound Clash by Carolyn Cooper
Book DescriptionMegawattage sound systems have blasted the electronically-enhanced riddims and tongue-twisting lyrics of Jamaica's dancehall DJs across the globe. This high-energy raggamuffin music is often dismissed by old-school roots reggae fans as a raucous degeneration of classic Jamaican popular music. In this provocative study of dancehall culture, Cooper offers a sympathetic account of the philosophy of a wide range of dancehall DJs: Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Ninjaman, Capleton, Buju Banton, Anthony B and Apache Indian. Cooper also demonstrates the ways in which the language of dancehall culture, often devalued as mere 'noise,' articulates a complex understanding of the border clashes which characterize Jamaican society, and analyzes the sound clashes that erupt in the movement of Jamaican dancehall culture across national borders.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781403964243
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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"Sound Clash" is the first in-depth look at Jamaican dancehall music and culture, a feisty and dynamic music featuring bawdy "sound clashes" in which DJs battle to win the glory of the dance hall. This is the first accessible book on a music form that is drawing more and more attention in the United States.
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Author Biography - Carolyn Cooper
CAROLYN COOPER is a Professor at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She is the author of Noises in the Blood.
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