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Gwo ka (Gwoka)

George Torres

George Torres, PhD, is associate professor of music at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, where he teaches courses in music history and literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Gwo ka refers to a kind of folkloric drum music from Guadeloupe, which was originally associated with léwòz performance, but later found itself appropriated by popular musicians as an emblem of national identity in the 1970s. The léwòz...

Gwoka Modènn

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Gwoka modènn, or modern gwoka, is a form of music which emerged in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in 1969, when guitarist Gérard Lockel proposed a way to adapt the melodies, scales and rhythms of traditional gwoka in order...

Martinique and Guadeloupe

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Martinique and Guadeloupe are islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Former French colonies, they were incorporated into the Republic of France as overseas départements in 1946. Due to their history of plantation slavery, the population...

Chouval Bwa

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The term chouval bwa encompasses two musical genres: traditional and modern chouval bwa. ‘ Chouval bwa’ is Creole for ‘wooden horse’ (cheval bois) or merry-go-round. On the islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the French Antilles...

Zouk

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Zouk is a style of popular music that emerged in the French Caribbean in the 1980s. The term zouk originated in Martinique where it is a generic term for dance party or festival. However, zouk music is a transnational genre that blends...

Mazouk

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Creole mazouk (or masouc), also called lakonmèt in St-Lucia, and mazouka in Martinique and Guadeloupe, is a dance music of the Lesser Antilles that emerged in the nineteenth century. It derives in part from the mazurka, a dance...

Zouk

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Based on interactive pan-African and Caribbean rhythms and melodic patterns, zouk is an urban song of social commentary or love. First developed by three musicians from Guadeloupe in 1978 in Paris, zouk was not performed live until 1982...

Biguine

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The biguine is the most renowned dance music of French Guiana, Guadeloupe and Martinique, three overseas departments of France located in the Caribbean. In this region, the term ‘biguine’ denotes an urban song of social comment and dance...

Dominica

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 69,655 (2003) Dominica is an island nation with an area of 290 sq miles (750 sq km) that forms part of the Windward Island chain in the eastern Caribbean. The island’s mountainous interior is covered by rain...

Bele

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Bele is a widespread term in the Creole-speaking Caribbean, and refers to a number of folk or traditional dances and their associated music found from Trinidad to Grenada, Carriacou, St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and St Thomas (Gerstin...