Black Caribbean musical traditions are rich in variety and the biguine, originating in slavery, epitomises French Antillean Creole music. Highly popular in Saint-Pierre, Martinique, before the town’s 1902 decimation by Mont Pelée’s volcanic eruption, the music lived on and from 1929 became a feature of Paris nightclubs and recording studios.
Creole Music Of The French West Indies, A Discography, 1900-1959 is illustrated with record labels, catalogues, photographs, advertisements, maps, and other images. Recordings by linguists, anthropologists and folklorists are listed alongside commercial releases. In both French and English, a notable feature is John Cowley’s historical essay exploring the music, Creole carnival and dancing – ‘Mascarade, biguine and the bal nègre’.
Compiled by Alain Boulanger, John Cowley and Marc Monneraye. Editor: John Cowley.
Discography – Music (Biguine) – Folklore – Ethnomusicology – Anthropology – History – Carnival – French West Indies – Martinique, Saint-Pierre – France, Paris – Paris, Harlem Renaissance
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