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Sound Clash : Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large

Sound Clash : Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1403964243

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ISBN13: 978-1403964243
ISBN10: 1403964246
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Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Published: 2004
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Sound Clash : Jamaican Dancehall Culture at Large - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-1403964243

Carolyn Cooper

ISBN13: 978-1403964243
ISBN10: 1403964246
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

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 dissed by old-school roots reggae fans as a raucous degeneration of classic Jamaican popular music. In this provocative study of dancehall culture Carolyn Cooper, Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, offers a sympathetic account of the philosophy of a wide range of dancehall DJs: Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Ninjaman, Capleton, Buju Banton, Anthony B, 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 characterise Jamaican society. Cooper also analyses the sound clashes that erupt in the movement of Jamaican dancehall culture across national borders.

Table of Contents

1. Border clash : sites of contestation
2. Slackness personified : representations of female sexuality in the lyrics of Bob Marley and Shabba Ranks
3. Lady Saw cuts loose : female fertility rituals in the dancehall
4. "Mama, is that you?" : erotic disguise in the films Dancehall queen and Babymother
5. "Lyrical gun" : metaphor and role-play in dancehall culture
6. "More fire" : chanting down Babylon from Bob Marley to Capleton
7. "Ville vocals" : exporting Jamaican dancehall lyrics to Barbados
8. Hip-hopping across cultures : reggae to rap and back
9. "Mix up the Indian with all the patwa" : rajamuffin sounds in cool Britannia
10. The dancehall translation : language, lit/orature, and global Jamaica

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