ICS Lecture—“Rhythms that Link Islands: Calypso and Steel Drums between the Virgin Islands and Vieques”

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As part of its Conferencias Caribeñas 15, the Institute of Caribbean Studies of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Ritmos que unen islas: calipso y drones entre Vieques y las Islas Vírgenes Americanas” [Rhythms that Link Islands: Calypso and Steel Drums between the Virgin Islands and Vieques] and presentation of the documentary Vieques, manos arriba [Vieques hands up] both by Dr. Nadjah Ríos Villarini (Department of English, General Studies, UPR-RP). Dr. Shannon Dudley (School of Music, University of Washington) and Dr. Zaira Rivera Casellas (Department of Hispanic Studies, UPR-RP) will comment the lecture.  

The activity will be held on Thursday, November 20, from 1:00 to 3:30pm at the Manuel Maldonado Denis Amphitheatre (CRA 108) of the Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building, School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

DescriptionVieques hands up is a short film that explores the musical traditions of calypso and steel drums in the island municipality of Vieques. This cultural practice, so common in the Anglophone Caribbean, finds in Vieques an audience accustomed to migration flows between Caribbean islands, an audience that embraces the sounds of the steel pan. The documentary is based on ethnographic interviews with musicians, singers, and bandleaders of Calypso, who trace hypotheses about the arrival of this music to Vieques. It was directed by Nadjah Ríos Villarini, in collaboration with Natalia Olivero Hoffman and Rojo Chiringa productions.

This lecture will be broadcast LIVE online through the following website: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cc71

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be welcome at: iec@uprrp.edu

For further information, you may call Dr. Humberto García Muñiz, Director, at (787) 764-0000, extension 4212, or write to iec@uprrp.edu

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