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A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey, Popular Music and Power in Haiti, Gage Averill

Label
A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey, Popular Music and Power in Haiti, Gage Averill
Language
eng
Index
no index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey
Medium
electronic resource
Responsibility statement
Gage Averill
Series statement
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Sub title
Popular Music and Power in Haiti
Summary
The history of Haiti has been marked by oppression at the hands of colonial and dictatorial overlords, but there has also been a history of resistance and sometimes triumph. This study aims to show that Haiti's vibrant and expressive music has been a important element in the power struggle., The history of Haiti throughout the twentieth century has been marked by oppression at the hands of colonial and dictatorial overlords. But set against this "day for the hunter" has been a "day for the prey, " a history of resistance, and sometimes of triumph. With keen cultural and historical awareness, Gage Averill shows that Haiti's vibrant and expressive music has been one of the most highly charged instruments in this struggle-one in which power, politics, and resistance are inextricably fused. Averill explores such diverse genres as Haitian jazz, troubadour traditions, Vodou-jazz, konpa, mini-djaz, new generation, and roots music. He examines the complex interaction of music with power in contexts such as honorific rituals, sponsored street celebrations, Carnival, and social movements that span the political spectrum. With firsthand accounts by musicians, photos, song texts, and ethnographic descriptions, this book explores the profound manifestations of power and song in the day-to-day efforts of ordinary Haitians to rise above political repression
Target audience
general

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