Chocolate Surrealism: Music, Movement, Memory, and History by Njoroge Njoroge

By Njoroge Njoroge

In Chocolate Surrealism, Njoroge Njoroge highlights connections one of the creation, functionality, and reception of well known song at severe old junctures within the overdue 19th and 20th centuries. the writer sifts diversified origins and kinds to put socio-musical pursuits right into a better old framework.

Calypso reigned throughout the turbulent interwar interval and the consequent crises of capitalism. The Cuban rumba/son advanced enlivened the postwar period of yankee empire. Jazz exploded within the Bandung interval and the increase of decolonization. And, finally, Nuyorican Salsa coincided with the interval of the civil rights circulate and the beginnings of black/brown energy. Njoroge illuminates musics of the circum-Caribbean as culturally and conceptually built-in in the greater background of the quarter. He will pay shut consciousness to the fractures, fragmentations, and historic particularities that either unite and divide the region�s sounds. while, he engages with a bigger dialogue of the Atlantic world.

Njoroge examines the deep interrelations among tune, circulate, reminiscence, and historical past within the African diaspora. He unearths the track either a theoretical anchor and a method of expression and illustration of black identities and political cultures. song and function supply methods for the writer to re-theorize the intersections of race, nationalism and musical perform, and geopolitical connections. extra track permits Njoroge a reassessment of the improvement of the fashionable international process within the context of neighborhood, renowned responses to the worldwide age. The booklet analyzes diversified types, occasions, and politics to render a short heritage of Black Atlantic sound.

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