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Creolized Aurality: Guadeloupean Gwoka and Postcolonial Politics

Jérôme Camal


Can music help us make sense of a form of (post)colonialism that is defined not by anticolonial rupture, but by an ongoing negotiation of the relationship between (former) colonies and their metropole? Along with Martinique, Guiana, and Rion, the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe chose to decolonize by fully integrating into the French state. In the late 1960s, as political integration failed to deliver on its social and economic promises, gwoka–a form of secular drum-based music and dance–became associated with a renewed and more radical form of anticolonial, separatist, activism. Today, while t ... More

Keywords: music, sovereignty, citizenship, creolization, politics, aurality, postcolonialism, Guadeloupe, nationalism, Glissant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226631639
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226631806.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jérôme Camal, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison