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Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
Sound Systems against the 'Unsound System' of Babylon: Rude/Lewd Lyrics vs. Nude Tourists in Jamaica
Enwezor, Okwui; Basualdo, Carlos; Meta Bauer, Ute; Ghez, Susanne; Maharaj, Sarat; Nash, Mark; Zaya, Octavio
Créolité and Creolization: Documenta11_Platform3
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Also presented at the Workshop on Creolité and Creolization in St. Lucia, January 12-16, 2002.
This paper explores Jamaican Dancehall music as a 'text of Creoleness' or a 'Creolized translation' born in the urban spaces of Kingston. In particular, the author examines confrontations and conflicts between dancehall performers and the publics that constitute Jamaican society as these have manifested themselves in the public sphere. The author explores the manner in which subaltern Creoleness is received by those who claim a 'standard-ness' corresponding to the use and status of 'standard' English in Jamaica. She looks at how space is negotiated and morally legislated between these classes of people. Emphasis is also placed on what happens when the mythical 'Babylon' of Marley and classical Reggae, signifying the corruption of 'Western' culture, morphs into the present-day corruption of contemporary postcolonial Jamaica, the subject of many a dancehall anthem.....