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Howard, Dennis
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Genre development in Kingston’s Creative Echo Chamber: Trans-cultural synergies in a postcolonial continuum
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International Association for the Study of Popular Music 16th Biennial International Conference.
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June 27 - July 1
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Grahamstown, South Africa
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Abstract
This paper traces the development of several popular music genres, which has been the hallmark of music production in Kingston within a postcolonial framework. Invariably all Jamaican music has been erroneously classified as reggae and there is confusion as to what are reggae, rock steady and dancehall. Most scholars have neatly placed the music in the convenient categories of mento, ska, rock steady, reggae and dancehall. It is my contention that such a classification is incomplete and perpetuates misinformation and down plays the dynamic creativity of Jamaican musicians operating within complex multiple synergetic production models, influenced by multisited and transnational factors. This has accounted for Kingston’s phenomenal contribution to global popular music. I will argue that while genre classification is a vey problematic process, popular music production in Kingston has been through more genres and sub genres than is highlighted in academic circles and that there have been additional unrecognized genre shifts since dancehall....
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