Music, Memory, Power: Being Jamaican Maroon in the Past, Present, and Future

Tracey Stewart
During the First Maroon War which began in roughly 1655, Jamaican Maroons engaged the British in a campaign of guerrilla warfare that lasted more than eighty years. This war culminated in the signing of two peace treaties between the Maroons and the British. Today, both treaties are at the center of present-day debates over cultural ownership, ethnic distinction, sovereignty, and national belonging. This study reveals how Jamaican Maroon music, performance practice, and cultural icons are...
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