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The Big Drum Ritual of Carriacou Praisesongs for Rememory of Flight

by Lorna McDaniel

  • ISBN: 9780813016078
  • ISBN10: 081301607X

The Big Drum Ritual of Carriacou Praisesongs for Rememory of Flight

by Lorna McDaniel

  • List Price: $59.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
  • Publish date: 09/01/1998
  • ISBN: 9780813016078
  • ISBN10: 081301607X
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Description: The Big Drum is the lively ancient dance rite of the small island of Carriacou, Grenada. This book introduces 120 of the song texts and dances that call and entertain the ancestors who are central to Carriacou religious experience. Performed since the early 1700s, the Big Drum dance revels an African-Caribbean religion at its inception as practiced by enslaved people and in its current expression as a vital, living aspect of Carriacou society No other Caribbean ritual like it still exists.

Lorna McDaniel maintains that the nine coded rhythms of the boula drums hold the history of the nine African "nations" that inhabited early Carriacou, keeping alive their memories of Africa and of family lineage. In discussion of the spiritual bases of the Yoruba dances of Grenada, Trinidad, Cuba, and Jamaica, McDaniel illustrates the connection between the liturgical symbols of danced religions and the ancient myth of "The Flying Africans".

McDaniel concludes with an analysis of a single calypso that memorializes the 1983 invasion of Grenada and illustrates the history-keeping function of the calypso and Big Drum. She uncovers a structural relationship between ancient praisesongs and modern political songs and suggests the continuing impact of music on the memory of Caribbean people.

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