Tambu : Curacao's African-Caribbean Ritual and the Politics of Memory

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As contemporary Tambu music and dance evolved on the Caribbean island of Curacao, it intertwined sacred and secular, private and public cultural practices, and many traditions from Africa and the New World. As she explores the formal contours of Tambu, Nanette de Jong discovers its variegated history and uncovers its multiple and even contradictory origins. De Jong recounts the personal stories and experiences of Afro-Curacaoans as they perform Tambu-some who complain of its violence and low-class attraction and others who champion Tambu as a powerful tool of collective memory as well as a way to imagine the future.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 152 x 226 x 14mm | 294.83g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 28 b&w illus., 2 maps
  • 0253223377
  • 9780253223371
  • 1,194,739

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In addition to its ample contribution to scholarship on the Caribbean and its musical practices, colonial-, and post-colonial histories, de Jong makes valuable contributions to a number of scholarly literatures concerned with Afro-Caribbean performance practices. * The World of Music * De Jong emphasizes 'tambu's' role as a medium of memory, cultural and political commentary, and commemorative history.Fall / Winter 2015 * Latin American Music Review * Overall, this volume in Indiana University Press's Ethnomusicology Multimedia series is an important contribution to Caribbean ethnomusicology and studies of creolization processes. * New West Indian Guide *show more

About Nanette De Jong

Nanette de Jong is Senior Lecturer at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction/Introducktorio: Get Ready! / Pone Bo Kla!Part 1. Habri: Here It Is, the History of Tambu! / Ate Aki, Historia di Tambu! 1. The Story of Our Ancestors, the Story of Africa / E Kuenta di Nos Antepasados, e Kuenta di Afrika 2. Told through the Fierce Rhythms of the Drum / Konta pa e Ritmonan Furioso di su Bari 3. The Laws Couldn't Keep Tambu Away. The Church Couldn't Keep Tambu Away. / Leinan No Por a Tene Tambu Lew. Misa No Por a Tene Tambu Lew.Part 2. Seru: Get Ready! Get Ready! / Pone Bo Kla! Pone Bo Kla! 4. Prepare for the Arrival of Our Ancestors / Prepara Bo pa e Jegada di Nos Antepasados 5. Clap Your Hands! / Bati Bo Mannan! 6. Come for the Party / Bin na e FiestaConclusion/Conclui: Are You Ready? Are You Ready to Hear the History of Tambu? / Bo Ta Kla? Bo Ta Kla pa Tende e Historia di Tambu?Glossary of Terms Referring to TambuBibliographyList of InterviewsIndexshow more

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