This study will investigate the performance motivations of three Haitian musicians based in South Florida who use their artistic platforms to offer a version of their country omitted from dominant media projections of the country. This study focuses on narrative as a device that allows these musicians to offer counterstories against dominantly negative media projections that have real effects on Haitians.
Continue Reading Counter-narratives of the Diaspora: Haitian Musical Performance in World Beat Markets
In the southeastern Dominican Republic, a festive, carnivalesque Easter procession featuring music, dance and ritual is widely performed by small local troupes of mostly poor rural workers and working-class residents of local mill towns.
Continue Reading The Band Carries Medicine: Music, Healing and Community in Haitian/Dominican Rara/Gaga