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Jump Up!: Caribbean Carnival Music in New York

Ray Allen


Jump Up! Caribbean Carnival Music in New York City is the first comprehensive history of Trinidadian calypso and steelband music in the diaspora. Carnival, transplanted from Trinidad to Harlem in the 1930s and to Brooklyn in the late 1960s, provides the cultural context for the study. Blending urban studies, oral history, archival research, and ethnography, Jump Up! examines how members of New York’s diverse Anglophile-Caribbean communities forged transnational identities through the self-conscious embrace, transformation, and hybridization of select Carnival music styles and performances. The ... More

Keywords: Caribbean music, steelband, calypso, soca, Carnival, Trinidad, diasporic communities, hybridization, New York City, Brooklyn, urban studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190656843
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190656843.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ray Allen, author
Professor of Music, CUNY Graduate Center