"Collecting essays via fourteen specialist participants right into a trans-oceanic party and critique, Mamadou Diouf and Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo convey how tune, dance, and pop culture flip methods of remembering Africa into African methods of remembering. With a mixture of Nuyorican, Cuban, Haitian, Kenyan, Senegalese, Trinidagonian, and Brazilian beats, Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World proves that the pleasures of poly-rhythm belong to the area of the discursive in addition to the sonic and the kinesthetic."
---Joseph Roach, Sterling Professor of Theater, Yale University
"As worthwhile because it is extraordinary, Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World dances throughout, past, and in the Black Atlantic Diaspora with the aplomb and talent befitting its editors and contributors."
---Mark Anthony Neal, writer of Soul infants: Black pop culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic
Along with associated modes of religiosity, song and dance have lengthy occupied a primary place within the ways that Atlantic peoples have enacted, made feel of, and answered to their encounters with one another. This certain number of essays connects countries from around the Atlantic---Senegal, Kenya, Trinidad, Cuba, Brazil, and the us, between others---highlighting modern renowned, folkloric, and spiritual song and dance. by way of monitoring the continual reframing, revision, and erasure of aural, oral, and corporeal strains, the participants to Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World jointly argue that tune and dance are the residing facts of a relentless (re)composition and (re)mixing of neighborhood sounds and gestures.
Rhythms of the Afro-Atlantic World distinguishes itself as a suite concentrating on the circulate of cultural types around the Atlantic global, tracing the trails trod through more than a few track and dance varieties inside of, throughout, or past the diversity of locales that represent the Atlantic international. The editors and members achieve this, although, with no assuming that those paths were both continually in accordance with nationwide, nearby, or continental obstacles or continuously transnational, transgressive, and completely hybrid/syncretic. This assortment seeks to reorient the discourse on cultural varieties relocating within the Atlantic global by way of taking note of the specifics of the forms---their particular geneses, the explicit makes use of to which they're positioned through their creators and shoppers, and the explicit ways that they commute or churn in place.
Mamadou Diouf is Leitner relatives Professor of African reports, Director of the Institute of African reports, and Professor of heritage at Columbia University.
Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo is affiliate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.
Jacket photo by means of Elias Irizarry