Item description for Rock It Come over: The Folk Music of Jamaica by Olive Lewin...
Rock it Come Over describes the music and lore of slavery from the early sixteenth century through emancipation in 1838 to the mid twentieth century. Lewin explores the role of music in the lives of the slaves as a method of communication, as a form of resistance and subversion, as a repository of oral history and beliefs, and, ultimately, as a means of survival. The work is based on decades of research into the music sung and played by the working people of Jamaica. Lewin relates the music to traditions that preserve an African way of life, such as Revivalism and its strong heritage of faith and worship. She has a special interest in the Kumina cult and describes in detail the life and beliefs of Kumina queen, Imogene 'Queenie' Kennedy. Rock it Come Over is the most extensive study of Jamaican folk music yet published. It is also an examination of the roots of that music and a record of the folk heritage that is, in spite of many efforts, rapidly retreating before the pressures of life today.
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Studio: University of the West Indies Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Publisher University of the West Indies Press
ISBN 9766400288 ISBN13 9789766400286
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Jamaican Music- Long Before Marely... May 3, 2010
If you are an ethnomusicologist, or even remotely curious how and why Jamaican music is so influential in the Caribbean and abroad, then this book is definitely what you want in your hands. The author, Olive Lewin, is in a good position to know a thing or two about how music evolved in jamaica. She traces many origins to the runaway slave communities that once dotted the island, and how cult and non-cult music survived. There is also an interesting chapter devoted to Kumina. Wonderfully illustrated, there are musical scores and examples, as well as an extensive bilbliography to point a prospective scholar and student to a myriad of research topics. I cannot praise this book enough!