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The Origins of Caribbean Music
The impact of artistes and the music from the
Caribbean on the world of popular music has been phenomenal. The
accomplishments of Harry Belafonte, Bob Marley, Eddy Grant, Gloria
Estefan, Ricky Martin, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy and Lauryn Hill speak volumes
for the significance of Reggae, Salsa, Merengue, Soca and Calypso in
popular music worldwide.
Today, Caribbean music ranges from traditional folk genres to contemporary forms such as reggae, calypso, soca, chutney, salsa, merengue, compas and zouk.
The Caribbean's Indian population, descendants of indentured laborers, also has its own musical heritage including folk songs and the modern chutney, a form of Indian soca. Chutney's popularity continues to grow rapidly beyond the Caribbean. However, it is reggae, which emerged in the 1960's in Jamaica which is the Caribbean's most internationally famous music.
Its popularity stems from a combination of its infectious rhythms and its focus on struggle, resistance and the need for social justice. Calypso and soca which originate in Trinidad and Tobago and whose lyrics often address topical socio-political and economic issues, have also become popular internationally. Hundreds, if not thousands of tourists visit the Caribbean each year for Carnival in the various islands. Caribbean music also attracts massive crowds in major North American and European cities where there are Hispanic Festivals and Caribbean Carnivals.
various music forms have evolved over the years from the region's
experience with slavery, indenture- ship and the inter- action of
African slaves and Indian indentured servants with the European
settlers, as well as, more recently, the influence of popular music from
the United States. But it is the African influence which dominates in
most Caribbean music.
from Welcome to the Caribbean.com