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Pwofite Tèt Ou”(Avail Yoourself): The Minoritarian Politics Of Haitian Music In Paris, Laura Donnelly Jan 2016

Pwofite Tèt Ou”(Avail Yoourself): The Minoritarian Politics Of Haitian Music In Paris, Laura Donnelly

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Paris functions as a diverse site in which Haitians and French Antilleans come together most significantly in relation to musical interaction. Haitian music in Paris, especially konpa, is frequently paired with Antillean music, specifically zouk, whether it be on the radio, as Antillean stations frequently co-opt konpa or in dance clubs for deejayed events. Thus, konpa and zouk share modes of dissemination and consumption, and are frequently grouped together. These mutually shared spaces of musical consumption enable and promote the formation of connections between Antillean and Haitian communities, enabled by a minoritarian politics rooted in shared colonial histories and coupled ...