New Book: “Creole Music of the French West Indies: A Discography, 1900‑1959” 

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Soca News announces the upcoming publication of Creole Music of the French West Indies: A Discography, 1900‑1959 by Alain Boulanger, John Cowley, and Marc Monneraye. This book will be released on October 30, 2014.

Dedicated students of the history of Trinidad Carnival will probably have on their bookshelves a treasured copy of Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso by John Cowley. Published in 1996 by Cambridge University Press, it is the authoritative work on carnival from the 1780s up to 1920, much of it based on contemporary reports.

It is exciting, then, to hear that Cowley has contributed to a major new work, which will be published in English and French on 15th November.

As it title indicates, Creole Music of the French West Indies: a Discography, 1900‑1959 looks at the musical traditions of the French Caribbean islands. It includes Cowley’s essay ‘Mascarade, biguine and the bal nègre’, which traces the music from its origins in the…

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More Short and Sweet Commentary from Roy Byer

Roy Byer was a cultural activist and archivist who passed away in 2014.

He was also one of the best commentators on Caribbean and Bajan culture I have ever come across. I have posted this short clip today because it goes some way to explain two social events happening currently in Barbados. These are:

1. The xenophobic public reaction to 90 Nigerian students studying here

2. The alleged/or not so alleged desires of a headmistress to patrol black natural hair

Here Roy is speaking about music but he is really addressing how black cultural practices have historically been viewed in Barbados.

This post might appear quite local but race and identity politics are Caribbean wide issues.

Over to you Roy!



* Banja was a term used by early 19th and 20th century Barbadians to denote rhythmic, black working class music.




This Blog in 2014

Hello guys and Happy New Year,

I love transparency and here I am being transparent.

Here are my global stats for 2014. Thanks to all those who came through to check out something over the last year. Please come back because I have some more stuff to talk about. I will also be including a new drop-down menu where you will hear my voice!

See you all in 2015!


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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.