New Book: What She Go Do: Women in Afro-Trinidadian Music
Friday, September 16, 2016
Posted by: Marysol Quevedo
What She Go Do: Women in Afro-Trinidadian Music (University Press of Mississippi) by Hope Munro
From the text on the back cover:
“Over the decades, calypso in Trinidad has been a male-dominated musical and story-telling genre, discussed in print by mostly male scholars. Now Hope Munro has written the most important book-length study of women in calypso. We are presented a detailed, century-long account, from the rare female singer in the early 1900s to today, when many female singers present their perspectives on their culture and sometimes match wits with male singers. Munro includes details about Beryl McBurnie, who promoted dance, theater, pan, calypso, and folklore of the island. In the recent era, she discusses the professional lives of such important calypsonians as Calypso Rose, Singing Sandra, and Denyse Plummer and the issues they raise. To say that this book is long overdue is a gross understatement; we are fortunate that Hope Munro chose to write it. This book should be read by everyone with even a passing interest in Caribbean music.”
―Donald R. Hill, professor of Africana/Latino studies and anthropology, SUNY Oneonta
About the author: Hope Munro is associate professor of music at California State University, Chico. Her work has appeared in many journals, including Ethnomusicology and Latin American Music Review.