Stanley Niaah (2004, p. 110) clarifies that dancehall events’ appeal and consequent power converge around their names, which take the form of the latest dancehall and/or inner-city lingua. The name Uptown Mondays seems a bit controversial – controversial in the sense that even though patronage extends to other classes, “dancehall remains an inner-city phenomenon resulting from the location of key actors, spaces of operation, and production.” (Stanley-Niaah 2004, p. 107). Analyzing the name deeper reveals that it may just be a mere appeal tactic, hinging on the idea of Stewart’s (2002) pre-eminence of the external, in the sense that the name will attract core-participants who seek to detach themselves from the label of being ghetto/downtown and who (seek to) identify with an uptown lifestyle regardless of realities they have to face. By means of characterizing Uptown Mondays, Stolzoff’s (2000, pp. 194-195) “juggling” dance is applied, in which tunes are played in a non-competitive manner, as opposed to a “sound system clash”. This sort of characterization is ...
... middle of paper ...
...rious scholars of dancehall culture and typifies the average dancehall event of this nature in Kingston, Jamaica. Dance events such as Uptown Mondays are but avenues through which multi-dimensional benefits – whether from the social, cultural, economic, emotional, or physical band of the dancehall culture spectrum – are brought to fruition to a number of persons in the Jamaican society.
Stolzoff, N. (2000).Wake the town and tell the people: Dancehall culture in Jamaica. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Stanley-Niaah, S. (2008). 'Bogle ah di order fi di day': Dance and Identity in Jamaican Dancehall.
Stanley-Niaah, S. (2004). Kingston’s Dancehall: A story of space and celebration. Space and Culture, 7(1), 102-118.
Stewart, K. (2002). “`So wha, mi nuh fi live to’: Interpreting violence in Jamaica through the Dancehall Culture” in Ideaz, 1 (1)
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Jamaica Kincaid Jamaica Kincaid was born Elaine Potter Richardson on May 25, 1949 in St. John’s, Antigua (“Jamaica,” Caribbean). A Caribbean writer hailed, “A significant voice in contemporary literature,” (qtd. in “Jamaica,” Encyclopedia) she is well known for her personal and honest works of short fiction, novels and essays (“Jamaica,” Encyclopedia). In her work, Kincaid “explores the tenuous relationship between mother and daughter as well as themes of anti-colonialism,” (qtd. in “Jamaica,” Encyclopedia) and has been a contributor to the literary world for decades (“Jamaica,” Encyclopedia).... [tags: Fiction, Short story, Jamaica Kincaid, Antigua]
829 words (2.4 pages)
- ... 3. A study to find out if the NCB Foundation has inspired or facilitated the empowerment of youth in Denham Town to become better individuals within that community. 4. An assessment into the social issues facing youth of Denham Town. Literature Review: The American Psychological Association (2014) explains violence as an extreme form of aggression such as assault, rape, or murder. Violence among youth is a critical issue across the Caribbean. It has begun to receive much deserved attention in most Small Island developing states (SIDS).... [tags: youth, ncb foundation, community]
1273 words (3.6 pages)
- I had never considered Jamaica in the way they did in the movie, Life and Debt. Whenever I thought about the country, which would have been rarely, I always only considered it as a tourist destination. I never took the time and considered what life could be like for those living there yearlong, and particularly those who were not involved in the tourism industry. I mean, if you ask almost any American how they would describe Jamaica, they would describe it’s tropical, beach-like atmosphere, but almost no one would discuss how difficult life is for it’s citizens.... [tags: Jamaica]
920 words (2.6 pages)
- A very small island located on the west coast of the globe; with a population of 2.217 million people, that divides into fourteen different parishes. Kingston, which is the largest parish in Jamaica and also the capital has the largest population of 117,210 people. The population is very diverse and the people are very sweet, kind, welcoming, honest, hardworking, dedicated etc. The very small island that tourist love to vacation at, love to travel to, and take such great knowledge in learning about the amazing culture.... [tags: kingston, economy, distribution income]
874 words (2.5 pages)
- The theme of “voiceless woman” throughout the book “the woman warrior” is of great importance. Maxine Kingston narrates several stories in which gives clear examples on how woman in her family are diminished and silenced by Chinese culture. The author not only provides a voice for herself but also for other women in her family and in her community that did not had the opportunity to speak out and tell their stories. The author starts the book with the story of her aunt. This story was a well-kept family secret being that her aunt’s actions were of great disappointment to the family.... [tags: Maxine Kingston]
1032 words (2.9 pages)
- The Island of Jamaica The island of Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean island. It is in a group of islands called the greater antilles. It has an area of 10 991 km squared or 4 244 sq. miles. Jamaica spans 230 km east to west and from 80-36 from north to south. It is third only to Cuba, which is the largest, and Hispaniola which is the second largest island. Jamaica lies in the Caribbean sea which is a part of the much larger Atlantic ocean. The island is 960 km south of Florida, 160 km southwest of Haiti, and 140 km south of Cuba.... [tags: Jamaica Countries Geography]
3716 words (10.6 pages)
- Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior Maxine Hong Kingston's novel, The Woman Warrior is a semi-autobiographical collection of short stories that chronicles her childhood in California. It gives the reader a feeling of how it feels like to be a Chinese American girl growing up with traditional parents in a world that is quite different from theirs.... [tags: Kingston Woman Warrior]
1314 words (3.8 pages)
- Geography of Jamaica Christopher Columbus came upon Jamaica as his fleet sailed into St. Ann’s Bay on his second voyage of discovery to the New World in 1494. He described Jamaica as, “the fairest island eyes have beheld; mountainous and the land seems to touch the sky....and full of valleys and fields and plains” (Roberts, 141). Although founded by a Spaniard, Jamaica was eventually sold to England. Today, Jamaica is the largest of the English speaking West Indian islands. The tropical island of Jamaica, called Xamayca by the Arawaks, is situated in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, about 90 miles south of Cuba and 100 miles west of Haiti (Gleaner).... [tags: Geographical History Jamaican Essays]
865 words (2.5 pages)
- Kingston's China Men Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men contains many fables and parables from the Chinese Culture. In "On Mortality" Kingston reveals the story of human mortality and the reason for this mortality. The story focuses largely on human emotions and reactions towards the situations that people find themselves in. It also raises questions about the role of women in the Chinese culture and the attitudes of the culture towards them. The main character, Tu Tzu-chun, is forced to go through a series of tortures that are all illusions.... [tags: Maxine Hong Kingston China Men]
431 words (1.2 pages)
- SKA. Imagine this: spring break 1962, Jamaica. You are strolling down the streets of Kingston, enjoying the cool sea breeze and the delightful Caribbean climate. The streets are filled with many sounds. Cars' horns honking, children playing, and people shuffling by. There is one sound, however, that rises above all the hustle and bustle. Horns, guitars, organs, drums, emanating from smoke-filled clubs and bar rooms, fill you ears with a lush sound. This is the sound of ska. Ska is an old Jamaican form of music that blossomed when Jamaica won its independence from England in 1962.... [tags: essays research papers]
1004 words (2.9 pages)