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Caribbean Music

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nina mendiola

on 23 April 2013

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Transcript of Caribbean Music

EVOLUTION IN CARIBBEAN MUSIC Like many places all over the world,
music is very relevant to Caribbean culture. Popular types of Caribbean music consist of folk, classical and pan instrument bands. Pan instrument bands are, of the three, most commonly known throughout the US. This type of band includes steel drums and players. Music in the Caribbean, along with other cultures and countries, has evolved into many different genres and tastes. Often times in modern culture, artists will mix genres together to form a specific song and sound. This is not uncommon in other cultures as well, including Caribbean areas. Certain music becomes very popular for a period of time, until a new form of sound takes over. Caribbean music has fluctuated between the Chante Mas, Calypso, Pan Drum Bands, Reggae, Folk and other genres of music and instruments. Within all the sounds and evolution of music in the Caribbean culture, drums are always a very common and present instrument. Often, the drum types fluctuate based on the genre, but are present none the less. The range is a variety of steel drums, traditional, snare drums, and other country based drum instruments. Drums were originally banned in the Caribbean thanks to British rule. The British believed this was a form of communication. When this happened, the people of Trinidad formed another form of drumming called ‘Tamboo Bamboo’. Tamboo Bamboo was the hitting together of bamboo sticks and hitting them on the ground to make a sound similar to the drums. When the bamboo sticks proved themselves to be weak and not durable, it was then that the people of Trinidad realized they could use unpitched metal, which eventually lead to the formation of steel pan drums. A common celebration in the Caribbean is usually coordinated with a masquerade song called a Chante Mas. This song is preformed for a carnival setting by masqueraded attendees. The Chante Mas is expected to be light hearted and mockery. Often it is insulting in a jokingly way, to lighten the party for the community. The Chate Mas is led by a female vocalist dancing in front of a drummer. The steel drums are very common amongst Caribbean culture, so this is not all that surprising. The reason that the carnivals sound had changed minimally was because of a fire in nineteen sixty three. After the fire, the Chate Mas was banned. Calyspo Music
Calyspo music grew after the banning
of the Chante Mas. This music was
known to be the voice of the people and
had a different, more serious tone than
the music of the festival. The first adaptation from Calypso music was called “Soca”. Soca music was a popular culture twist on Calypso music. It had most of the similar qualities and some political connotations, but barely. This music was made for fun, but different from that of the Chante Mas. It was dance music. Conclustion
Although music is different all over the world, most cultures have had changed and adaptations through their sounds and genres as the years have passed. Like many other cultures, the Caribbean, Trinidad especially, underwent many musical changes of their own. The sounds changed from one popular genre to the next. Folk music, Jazz music, Reggae music; those are all an example. Caribbean music has come a long way since the beginning of its time and will continue to grow and spread across the world in many different genres.
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