Sounds of the Carribean

By Hope Allison

Caribbean Music is a colorful and diverse stew of international flavors. The percolation of peoples and cultures of West Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas has taken place over 500 years combining the traditions of its indigenous peoples, Africans who were brought as slaves, and European colonialism. And, as the area is a collection of island nations separated by expanses of ocean, each tended to develop its unique character because of geography. The beats and rhythms of various ethnicities incubated with imported languages and unique social movements. Their aquatic isolation then produced distinctive art and musical genres which were eventually carried around the world by migration, tourism, and the media.

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