The Sounding of the Notting Hill Carnival: Music as Space, Place and Territory

Henriques, Julian F. and Ferrara, Beatrice. 2014. The Sounding of the Notting Hill Carnival: Music as Space, Place and Territory. In: Jon Stratton and Nabeel Zuberi, eds. Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945. Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-6913-1 [Book Section]

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Notting Hill Carnival is undeniably a spectacular event with the flamboyant costumes of dancing mas bands, the splashes of colourful body paint, mud or chocolate staining the bodies of its J’Ouvert opening parade’s revelers. But Carnival also has an explosive auditory impact due to its cacophony of sounds, in which soca, steel bands, calypso and static sound-systems mix and mingle in a multi-media and multi-sensory event. Traditionally the ‘five arts’ of Carnival are soca, steel bands, calypso and sound- systems, together with the mas bands.1 This chapter explores Carnival’s irreducible heterogeneities and poly-vocalities as a unique phenomenon, contribution and expression of British cultural life and the country’s musical landscape.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Topology Research Unit

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12 May 2014Published

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10748

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13 Oct 2014 10:11

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29 Apr 2020 16:02

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/10748

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