Caribbean music in new mode – Caribbean music in a new mode By Caribbean music in a new mode is meant its probe of the African past retained in the
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Caribbean music in a new mode By Caribbean music in a new mode is meant its probe of the African past retained in the religious rituals of this region. Such popular festivals as rara, carnival, junkannu, gambay take their roots in danced religions of Africa, in which there is no distinction between secular and sacred. The musical themes of the Caribbean region have a lot in common, since people had to fight for their freedom and independence in the past. Thus the main values are reflected in the musical themes, for example, resistance to oppression, pursuit of freedom, cultural acknowledgment. The manifestation of these values can be seen in the rituals like Vodou, Candomble, Kumina, Santeria as well as in popular dance-hall styles of Jamaican reggae, or Brazilian samba; in carnival music of Trinidad and Tobago: calypso and soca. Even such popular performance as Carnival was at first objected by the upper class, but due to the strong will of
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