Prospect Lefferts Gardens Store:
Tuesday, August 27, 7:30 PM
Book Launch: Ray Allen presents Jump Up! Caribbean Carnival Music in New York
In conversation with Herman Hall
Featuring a special steel pan musical performance with Garvin Blake
Jump Up! Caribbean Carnival Music in New York City is the first comprehensive history of Trinidadian calypso and steelband music in the diaspora. Blending oral history, archival research, and ethnography, ethnomusicologist Ray Allen examines how members of New York's diverse Anglophile-Caribbean communities forged transnational identities through the self-conscious embrace and transformation of Carnival music. The work fills a significant void in our understanding of how calypso, soca (soul/calypso), and steelband evolved in the second half of the twentieth century as it flowed between its Island homeland and its bourgeoning New York migrant communities. Grenadian-born journalist and editor of Everybody's Caribbean Magazine Herman Hall joins Allen in conversation in this special event leading up to Carnival 2019. Trinidadian-born pan player Garvin Blake also helps celebrate the launch with a musical performance.