Panel and Book Launch: Creole Music of the French West Indies, A Discography, 1900-1959


Creole Music Of The French West Indies, A Discography, 1900-1959

Compiled by Alain Boulanger, John Cowley and Marc Monneraye

With an historical essay ‘Mascarade, biguine and the bal nègre’ by John Cowley
Translators: Patrice Champarou (English to French) Chris Smith (French to English)
Edited by John Cowley

Black Caribbean musical traditions are rich in variety and the biguine, originating in slavery, epitomises French Antillean Creole music. Highly popular in Saint-Pierre, Martinique, before the town’s 1902 decimation by Mont Pelée’s volcanic eruption, the Creole Music lived on and from 1929 became a feature of Paris nightclubs and recording studios.


Chairman: Philip Murphy, Director, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

John Cowley, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Sue Miller, Senior Lecturer in Music; Course Leader, Popular Music at Anglia Ruskin University

Michael La Rose, Chairman, George Padmore Institute

In collaboration with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) and the Institute of Musical Research (IMR)

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23 January 2015, 18:00 – 19:30

Room 349 (3rd floor)
Venue Details:
Senate House, South Block
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

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