Art Music by Caribbean Composers: Jamaica

Christine Gangelhoff, Cathleen LeGrand

Abstract


Jamaica is among the Caribbean islands that Columbus claimed for Spain. In response to its rich diversity of peoples: Europeans, Asians, Chinese, Indians and Africans, the motto of Jamaica is: Out of Many, One People.

"Jamaican music is as varied as the people who inhabit the island... [M]uch folk music retains features and functions of black African music, blended with elements of European (primarily British) music" (Lewin & Gordon, 2007-2011). Jamaican musical genres, such as ska, rocksteady, reggae, and dancehall, are popular and influential internationally.

The classical music tradition in Jamaica dates back to the 18th century.

Keywords


Music

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References


Jamaica. (2005). In Continuum: Encyclopedia of popular music of the world. http://www.credoreference.com/entry/contpmwl/jamaica

Lewin, O., & Gordon, M. G. (2007-2011). Jamaica. Grove Music Online / Oxford Music Online. http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com

Lumsden, J. (2003). Frederic H. Cowen: A famous Jamaican composer. Jamaica's classical musicians. http://www.joyousjam.com/jamaicasclassicalmusicians/id7.html

Lumsden, J. (2004). Samuel Felsted, organist and composer. Jamaica's classical musicians. www.joyousjam.com/jamaicasclassicalmusicians/id8.html




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15362/ijbs.v17i1.153

Copyright (c) 2011 C. Gangelhoff & C. LeGrand