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Tales, Tunes, and Tassa Drums: Retention and Invention in Indo-Caribbean Music

Peter Manuel


Today's popular tassa drumming emerged from the fragments of transplanted Indian music traditions half-forgotten and creatively recombined, rearticulated, and elaborated into a dynamic musical genre. A uniquely Indo-Trinidadian form, tassa drumming invites exploration of how the distinctive nature of the Indian diaspora and its relationship to its ancestral homeland influenced Indo-Caribbean music culture. The book traces the roots of neotraditional music genres like tassa drumming to North India and reveals the ways these genres represent survivals, departures, or innovative elaborations of t ... More

Keywords: Indian music, music traditions, tassa drumming, Indian diaspora, Indo-Caribbean music, Trinidad, creolization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038815
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Manuel, author
John Jay College of Criminal Justice