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Music

The Intersections of Secular and Religious Performance Within Cuban Regla de Ocha, Haitian Vodou, and the Trinidadian Spiritual Baptist Religions

Beavoir, Clio ('10);  Hagedorn, Katherine

This project worked to find and build connections between the Cuban Regla de Ocha, Haitian Vodou, and the Trinidadian Spiritual Baptist religions. The second part of the research found parallels between religious and popular performance in these countries. To form a foundation for the research, I looked through various materials (text, audio, and video) regarding religious and popular music, focusing primarily on Haiti and Trinidad. Because of Cuba, Haiti, and Trinidad’s connections with Western Africa, they have similar forms of performance, such as call-and-response and polyrhythmic forms, which is prevalent in much of the Afro-Caribbean. The most common theme within the research was the way in which popular festivals, such as carnival in Trinidad, manipulated various religious themes and customs, while still allowing religious practices to keep their significance. Within each country, there were many parallels connecting religious traditions and popular performance, which is connected to their colonial history.
Funding provided by: Pomona College SURP

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