Creating Their Own Space: The Development of an by Tina K Ramnarine

By Tina K Ramnarine

Characterised through fast moving, hugely danceable rhythms, chutney is a fusion of conventional and modern Indian and Caribbean affects. during this quantity Tina okay. Ramnarine explores the evolution of chutney and introduces the rising Indian-Caribbean style into the world of scholarly discourse. via research of the tune, Ramnarine presents insights into social tactics, results of the diasporic settlements and methods the tune operates as a logo of Indian-Caribbean identification. This creation of latest cultural parts is a standard prevalence between humans transplanted to an surprising geographical and cultural setting.

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While chutney has 19 Creating Their Own Space emerged in part from Indian folk traditions, its importance lies in the role that it plays in modern, postcolonial Caribbean contexts. As a musical tradition, then, chutney is both Indian and Caribbean, and in fact it emerges as a cultural expression which delineates a specifically Indian-Caribbean space. " The singer, Rawatie Ali, told me, "You make chutney with coconut or mango and mix it with peppers. It's a hot tasting thing and because the music is hot too people started calling it chutney" (personal interview, 12 July 1996).

The singer, Rawatie Ali, told me, "You make chutney with coconut or mango and mix it with peppers. It's a hot tasting thing and because the music is hot too people started calling it chutney" (personal interview, 12 July 1996). James Ramsawak, singer and teacher, said, "There is no music called chutney. Chutney is a food. In my conception the word chutney came into use from Moean Mohammed [who was involved with setting up the competition, Mastana Bahar, which is a display of competence in Indian performance traditions].

And another thing they would call the songs, right, was "rum-shop" songs. TKR: So they weren't just the wedding tent songs, they were rum-shop songs. ] I mean a guy in Trinidad, he approached me, he was like, I want you to do something and he had this idea, let's call it "Rum-shop Medley". Because all, well not all, most of the songs were just what people used to sing just for kicks you know. You feel nice and you just sing something and then, I mean, like Sundar Popo heard it and he goes 'ah, that sounds good', take it, write a song around it, you know, add in some more lyrics, like phoulourie chutney and stuff like that.

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