New Book: Archipelagos of Sound—Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music

Fulani-front-coverUniversity of the West Indies Press presents Archipelagos of Sound: Transnational Caribbeanities, Women and Music edited by Ifeona Harrison Fulani.  This edited volume of essays on women and music in the Caribbean (forthcoming in September 2013) collects recent work from across the region.

Carolyn Cooper (University of the West Indies-Mona, Jamaica) writes: “Signifying on Kamau Brathwaite’s trope, ‘bridges of sound’, Ifeona Fulani amplifies the sonic range of academic discourse on Caribbean popular music. Deploying the transterritorial image, ‘archipelagos of sound’, Fulani tracks reverberations of ‘island’ cultures across the globe. Orchestrating the polyphonic voices of transnational scholars researching Caribbean women, music and identity, this collection of essays resonates with the definitive authority of the ‘glocal’.”

Description: The global reach and influence of Caribbean musics are remarkable, given the size of the island territories, populations and economies that comprise the region. . . . This global popularity is attributable to the creation, distribution and dispersal of Caribbean musics via commercial, social and cultural vectors that have created archipelagos of sound extending outward from the Caribbean region in all directions. . . . The chapters in the collection span the Caribbean and its diasporas, accenting both relation and diversity, to include writing on artists from Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and the United States.

Contributors are Frances R. Aparicio, B. Christine Arce, Nadia Celis, Ifeona Fulani, Lyndon K. Gill, Kathe Managan, Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Lisa Amanda Palmer, Heather D. Russell, Andrea Elizabeth Shaw, Cheryl Sterling, Lisa Tomlinson, Adam John Waterman, Donna Aza Weir-Soley.

Ifeona Fulani teaches in the Global/Liberal Studies Program at New York University. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, the novel Seasons of Dust and the short-story collection Ten Days in Jamaica.

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