Art Music by Caribbean Composers: Grenada

Christine Gangelhoff, Cathleen LeGrand


Calypso is “the dominant popular music genre in the country” (Bugros-McLean, 2005, para. 6). At the annual Carnival, bands parade in a festive display of dance, costume, and music – steel pan in particular.
“European dances lost in Europe survive in Carriacou” (McDaniel, 1998, p. 868). The music and movements of the quadrille on Carriacou have adapted “indigenous meaning and stylistic reinterpretation” (p. 871). The island of Carriacou also continues to enjoy the traditional “string band music that had been an integral part of the local culture during the Christmas season” (Bugros-McLean, 2005, para. 10).


Classical music; Art music

Full Text:



Bugros-McLean, P. (2005). Grenada. In Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world: Locations.

Kaufman, W. (2005). Grenada. In Britain and the Americas: Culture, politics, and history.

McDaniel, L. (1998). Grenada. In D. A. Olsen & D. E. Sheehy (Eds.), Garland encyclopedia of world music, volume 2: South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (pp. 864-872). Routledge.

Grenada (W.I.). (2001). In The companion to British history, Routledge.


Copyright (c) 2014 C. Gangelhoff & C. LeGrand