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Roy Cape: A Life on the Calypso and Soca Bandstandby Jocelyne Guilbault
Synopses & Reviews
Roy Cape is a Trinidadian saxophonist active as a band musician for more than fifty years and as a bandleader for more than thirty. He is known throughout the islands and the Caribbean diasporas in North America and Europe. Part ethnography, part biography, and part Caribbean music history, Roy Cape is about the making of reputation and circulation, and about the meaning of labor and work ethics. An experiment in storytelling, it joins Royand#39;s voice with that of ethnomusicologist Jocelyne Guilbault. The idea for the book emerged from an exchange they had while discussing Royand#39;s journey as a performer and bandleader. In conversation, they began experimenting with voice, with who takes the lead, who says what, when, to whom, and why. Their book reflects that dynamic, combining first-person narrative, dialogue, and the polyphony of Royand#39;s bandmatesand#39; voices. Listening to recordings and looking at old photographs elicited more recollections, which allowed Roy to expand on recurring themes and motifs. This congenial, candid book offers different ways of knowing Royand#39;s labor of loveandmdash;his sound and work through sound, his reputation and circulation as a renowned musician and bandleader in the world.
Part ethnography, part biography, and part Caribbean music history, Roy Cape is about the making of reputation and circulation, and about the meaning of labor and work ethics. An experiment in storytelling, it joins Royand#39;s voice with that of ethnomusicologist Jocelyne Guilbault.
About the Author
Jocelyne Guilbault is Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Governing Sound: The Cultural Politics of Trinidadand#39;s Carnival Musics and Zouk: World Music in the West Indies.
Roy Cape (born in Trinidad in 1942) is an internationally renowned calypso and soca musician and bandleader. He has toured widely, played on hundreds of recordings, and released eight albums with his band Roy Cape All Stars.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Notes on the Text xv
1. For the Love of Music: Up from the Panyards and at the Orphanage 23
2. Working as a Bandsman 42
3. Listening to Roy Sounding 76
4. Leading the Band 99
5. Remembering with Pictures 135
6. Working with Roy: Musicians and Friends Speak 183
7. Circulation: Summarizing a Career 207
Afterword. Writing Voices 229
Select Discography 259
About the Companion CD 277
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