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Creole Identities

Creole Identities

Diverse experiences of the Diaspora forged new cultural identities and traditions

More Than Black: Afro-Cubans in Tampa

2002, by Susan D. Greenbaum. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. Used by permission of the author and publisher. May not be presented in any form elsewhere without permission from copyright holders.


Worldwide dusk of dear dark faces
Driven by an alien wind;
Scattered like seed in far off places,
Growing in soil that is strange and thin.

Langston Hughes, Black Seed, 1930

Africans forced across the ocean into new lives in the Americas faced a common ordeal with multiple pathways. Those who landed in Cuba entered a slightly different realm of oppression than Africans disembarked in Virginia or South Carolina. From these and other major ports of entry, enslaved Africans of diverse linguistic and tribal identities fanned out into the Americas and were incorporated into virtually all nations emergent on the hemisphere. In colonies controlled by competing imperial powers, within varied local ecologies, and in the context of national liberation struggles of widely different character, uprooted Africans constructed new communities and identities in the grudging soil of slavery. MORE

Under the Radar: A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music

2005, by J. Plunky Branch

The music of Cuba is all about the celebration of life. The energy of the music has long been a source of inspiration and propulsion of Cuban culture; and today the influence of music in the daily life of the island is as pervasive as ever. For Cubans, music is both an escape from the struggles and hardships of modern living, and a source of pride. In terms of rhythmic, high energy, expressive music, Cuba is one of the most well endowed places on the planet.

Under the Radar - A Survey of Afro-Cuban Music is a documentary film that introduces viewers to the distinct music of Cuba and surveys the enigmatic island's current music scene. The film documents the travels and recordings of its producer/director, jazz saxophonist, J. Plunky Branch, and highlights the musical interactions and collaborations of Afro-Cuban musicians and rappers with noted Afro-American jazz musicians Craig Harris, Hamiet Bluiett and hip-hop producer Sir Fire. MORE

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Afro-Creole: Power, Opposition, and Play in the Caribbean by Richard D. E. Burton

Afro-Cuban Tales: Cuentos Negros De Cuba by Lydia Cabrera

Creole: The History and Legacy of Louisiana's Free People of Color by Sybil Kein

Creole Remedies of Trinidad and Tobago by Cheryl Lans

Turtle Bogue: Afro-Caribbean Life and Culture in a Costa Rican Village by H. G.; Ahn Lefever

Africans in Colonial Louisiana: the Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth century by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall

Global Culture, Island Identity: continuity and change in the Afro-Caribbean community of Nevis by Karen Fog Olwig

Creole Echoes: The Francophone Poetry of Nineteenth-Century Louisiana by Norman R. Shapiro

Creole Languages and Language Acquisition by Herman Christiaan Wekker

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The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse (Oxford Books of Verse)
by Stewart Brown (Editor), Mark McWatt (Editor)

From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz (Music of the African Diaspora) by Raul Fernandez

Rastafari and Other African-Caribbean Worldviews by Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands), Barry Chevannes (Editor)

Slavery, Freedom and Gender: The Dynamics of Caribbean Society by Brian L. Moore (Editor), B. W. Higman, Carl Campbell, Patrick Bryan

Lydia Cabrera and the Construction of an Afro-Cuban Cultural Identity (Envisioning Cuba) by Edna M. Rodriguez-Mangual

Slavery in the Caribbean Francophone World: Distant Voices, Forgotten Acts, Forged Identities by University of Georgia (Corporate Author), Doris Y. Kadish (Editor)

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