Stanley Sheldon on the Roots of Caribbean Music

[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] On Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 7:00pm (EST), Stanley Sheldon will present on the “Roots of Caribbean Music.” This virtual talk is presented by Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University and produced by GBH Forum Network.

Stanley Sheldon is an American bass guitar player best known for his work with Peter Frampton and notable as an early adopter of the fretless bass for rock music. Upon returning to school, Sheldon took an interest in the roots of Caribbean music. He devoted his time to Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas, earning a master’s degree.

Afro-Caribbean music and dance evolved not only in and around colonial sugar plantations but also in more remote mountainous regions of the islands of Hispaniola, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica, in maroon outposts of escaped slaves. Today, musicians in many large cities such as New York and Miami continue the musical tradition that stems from a slave/maroon past.

Throughout colonial Caribbean America the Atlantic slave trade gave rise to flourishing societies made up of escaped slaves who had fled the harsh conditions endured in the sugar plantations. A strong correlation between regionally specific intensive sugar production and Afro-Caribbean art can be observed in all the major regions where the slaves were brought to work.

Cimarron culture is regarded as a “culture of the drum,” bearing a striking resemblance to the aboriginal African rhythms but nonetheless uniquely Afro-American. Afro-Caribbean music is not only important as an integrating, democratic force, it also at times displays a voice challenging and defying hegemony.

This event will be on Zoom Webinar, but for those who do not use Zoom, we will record the talk and publish to our website: This virtual event will begin at 7pm Eastern Standard Time. Forum Network events are free and available to the public, but you must register for webinar access.

GBH encourages you to use Zoom Webinar to watch for this event. Zoom is free to the public but you will need to download it to your computer first. You can download Zoom here. If you already have Zoom, you will not need to download the platform again.

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