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Description - Sound Clash by C. Cooper

Megawattage 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. She demonstrates the ways in which the language of dancehall culture, often devalued as mere 'noise,' articulates a complex understanding of the border clashes that characterize Jamaican society. Cooper also analyzes the sound clashes that erupt in the movement of Jamaican dancehall culture across national borders.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403964243
ISBN-10: 1403964246
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 348
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - C. Cooper

CAROLYN COOPER is a Professor at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. She is the author of Noises in the Blood.