Creole Music Of The French West Indies, A Discography, 1900-1959


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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Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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