17 Facts About Afro-Caribbean music


Afro-Caribbean music is a broad term for music styles originating in the Caribbean from the African diaspora.

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Afro-Caribbean music has been influenced by historical and stylistic influences.

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Historically, afro-Caribbean music was influenced by the transatlantic slave trade and later, by the resistance and emancipation of slaves.

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Stylistically, afro-Caribbean music has been influenced by various African, European and Indigenous Latin American influences.

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Afro-Caribbean music has many common musical characteristics, including the use of Polyrhythms, call-and-response invocations and a variety of instruments.

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Afro-Caribbean music began in the Caribbean as a result of the transatlantic slave trade and the creation of a neo-African culture among slaves.

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Afro-Caribbean music rose to popularity during the 20th century, exerting influence over many subsequent genres including jazz and hip-hop.

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Afro-Caribbean music is characterised by the combined influence of African, European and indigenous Caribbean cultures.

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Examples of European influence in afro-Caribbean music include the presence of tonal harmonies, melodies and instruments of European origin.

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The lyrics of afro-Caribbean music are most commonly in European languages such as Spanish, English or French.

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The presence of European instruments and elements in afro-Caribbean music is reflective of the European music that slaves were forced to play for their masters.

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Afro-Caribbean music was influenced by the ceremonial-style, religious music of the native American people.

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The influence of the drums in afro-Caribbean music is mixed with many popular drum varieties originating in Latin America, Europe and Africa.

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African elements in salsa Afro-Caribbean music include call-and-response invocations and the use of African derived instruments such as bongos and conga drums.

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The Spanish influence of salsa Afro-Caribbean music is seen through the Spanish-language song lyrics and use of European instruments such as the tres guitar.

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Unlike American Afro-Caribbean music, ska is defined by its emphasis on the after-beat instead of the downbeat.

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The lyrics in reggae Afro-Caribbean music are closely aligned with the Rastafarian religion and focus on themes of politics and spirituality.

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