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DanceHall combines cultural geography performance studies and cultural studies to examine performance culture across the Black Atlantic Taking Jamaican dancehall music as its prime example DanceHall reveals a complex web of cultural practices politics rituals philosophies and survival strategies that link Caribbean African and African diasporic performance Combining the rhythms of reggae digital sounds and rapid fire DJ lyrics dancehall music was popularized in Jamaica during the later part of the last century by a.

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Nd ritual practices link it to other musical styles such as American blues South African kwaito and Latin American reggaetn She shows that dancehall is part of a legacy that reaches from the dance shrubs of West Indian plantations and the early negro churches to the taxi dance halls of Chicago and the ballrooms of Manhattan Indeed DanceHall stretches across the whole of the Black Atlantic's geography and history to produce its detailed portrait of dancehall in its local regional and transnational performance spaces.

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Rtists such as Shabba Ranks Shaggy Beenie Man and Buju Banton Even as its popularity grows around the world a detailed understanding of dancehall performance space lifestyle and meanings is missing Author Sonjah Stanley Niaah relates how dancehall emerged from the marginalized youth culture of Kingston's ghettos and how it remains inextricably linked to the ghetto giving its performance culture and spaces a distinct identity She reveals how dancehall's migratory networks embodied practice institutional frameworks a.

3 thoughts on “Dancehall

  1. says:

    An interesting look at the spatiality of modern dancehall in Kingston This is fairly refreshing as much of what is written about dancehall is centred around analysis of lyrics like in the work of Carolyn Cooper and Donna Hope However I found the book as a read a bit meandering and uite dry Some fantastically useful information here despite this especially in the first hand accounts of Kingston dances in the early 2000s

  2. says:

    Dancehall is incredibly spirited and exposes the history of Jamaica black power and black struggle in every step I felt great pride reading Sonjah capture these epic moments of the revelers and was impressed with the vast amount of

  3. says:

    Interesting analysis of the genesis and development of dancehall in Jamaica and how it has impacted on other en

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