A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey: Popular Music

A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti ❰EPUB❯ ✷ A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti Author Gage Averill – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The history of Haiti throughout the twentieth century has been marked by oppression at the hands of colonial and dictatorial overlords But set against this day for the hunter has been a day for the pr The history of Haiti throughout the for the Kindle Ö twentieth century has been marked by oppression at the hands of colonial and dictatorial overlords But set against this day for the hunter has A Day ePUB í been a day for the prey, a history of resistance, and sometimes of triumph With keen cultural and historical awareness, Gage Averill shows that Haiti s vibrant and expressive music has Day for the PDF/EPUB ¾ been one of the most highly charged instruments in this struggle one in which power, politics, and resistance are inextricably fused Averill explores such diverse genres as Haitian jazz, troubadour traditions, Vodou jazz, konpa, mini djaz, new generation, and roots music He examines the complex interaction of music with power in contexts such as honorific rituals, sponsored street celebrations, Carnival, and social movements that span the political spectrum With firsthand accounts by musicians, photos, song texts, and ethnographic descriptions, this book explores the profound manifestations of power and song in the day to day efforts of ordinary Haitians to rise above political repression.


10 thoughts on “A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey: Popular Music and Power in Haiti

  1. Wes Freeman Wes Freeman says:

    Feels like a balanced account of Haitian music and its relationship to national politics in the mid to late 20th century Making a qualified statement here because this is the only book I ve ever come across in English with the weight of research journalistic or academic behind it to deal with this subject, so I don t know what I m missing Also, I m not Haitian, and this book successfully convinced me that being Haitian ain t something you can fake.Book has useful chronology of music from Hai Feels like a balanced account of Haitian music and its relationship to national politics in the mid to late 20th century Making a qualified statement here because this is the only book I ve ever come across in English with the weight of research journalistic or academic behind it to deal with this subject, so I don t know what I m missing Also, I m not Haitian, and this book successfully convinced me that being Haitian ain t something you can fake.Book has useful chronology of music from Haiti s first American occupation in the 1910s to the reinstatement of Jean Betrand Aristide in 1994 Book is also good at summing up the highly stratified socio economic culture that has dominated the oldest Caribbean Republic from jump does so in order to show music and society in conflict We get to see the good guys win when Aristide championing the values and idioms of the music hungry, proverb rich Haitian underclass uses music to defeat the obstructive and oppressive candidates representing the bourgeois and upper classes Book was well timed, written as it was in 1995 so that it pre dates Aristide s 1996 electoral defeat, his re election in 2001 and the 2004 coup that removed him from office It also seems to catch Haitian popular music at its rootsiest and most consciously African, which is useful if you re making the argument as author is that pop music is an effective political tool available to the roots based, largely Afro Hatitan underclass Lightning squarely stoppered in the bottle, the book dates best for what it leaves out Author is laudably wary of what he calls culture brokers who deal in romance and exoticism, so book is not riddled with Voudou fetishism or zombies that walk the night When author discusses Voudou as he must, it being the key to many of his subjects intensely metaphorical lyrics he is informative and even handed and book, in general, is most valuable for being even handed and informative Book is ought to show you Haiti, not a nation of dudes with voodoo dolls Haiti s culture is so complex and its reputation so sensational that parsing the truth from the myth must to take the focus of a brain surgeon, but author operates with confidence


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