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After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy – Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti - Oxford Scholarship Online
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After the Dance, the Drums Are Heavy: Carnival, Politics, and Musical Engagement in Haiti

Rebecca Dirksen


Haitian carnival offers a lens into popular power and politics. Political demonstrations in Haiti often manifest as musical performances. Studying carnival and political protest side by side brings insight to the musical engagement that ordinary citizens and celebrity musicians often cultivate and revere in contemporary Haiti. This book explores how the self-declared president of konpa Sweet Micky (Michel Martelly) rose to the nation’s highest office while methodically crafting a political product inherently entangled with his musical product. It provides deep historical perspective on the cha ... More

Keywords: Haiti, carnival, music, politics, poetics, vulgarity, vagabond, protest, engagement, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190928056
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190928056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rebecca Dirksen, author
Assistant Professor of Music, Indiana University