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A Study of the Music of Selected Traditional Folk Dances of St. Lucia

A Study of the Music of Selected Traditional Folk Dances of St. Lucia

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 A Study of the music of selected traditional folk dances of St. Lucia
  by Jason C. Joseph (2006). UWI, St. Augustine.11
TABLE OF COTETSABSTRACT ....................................................................................................................... 3
 
ACKOWLEDGEMETS .............................................................................................. 4
 
CHAPTER 1 ...................................................................................................................... 5
 I
 NTRODUCTION
................................................................................................................. 5
Significance of the study .............................................................................................. 6 
 
CHAPTER 2 ...................................................................................................................... 8
 L
ITERATURE
EVIEW
....................................................................................................... 8
CHAPTER 3 .................................................................................................................... 10
 T
HE
S
HAPING OF
S
T
.
 
L
UCIA
S
F
OLK 
C
ULTURE
............................................................... 10
The folk music of Saint Lucia .................................................................................... 11
 
The Origin of St. Lucia’s Traditional folk Dances .................................................... 12
 
The Revival of St. Lucia’s Folk Music ...................................................................... 13
 
The St. Lucian Folk Band .......................................................................................... 15
 
The Folk Musicians ................................................................................................... 16 
 
CHAPTER 4 .................................................................................................................... 18
 M
ETHODOLOGY
.............................................................................................................. 18
 Limitations ................................................................................................................. 18
 
CHAPTER 5 .................................................................................................................... 20
 A
 
C
LOSER 
L
OOK AT THE
T
RADITIONAL
F
OLK 
D
ANCES OF
S
T
.
 
L
UCIA
............................ 20
The La Konmet .......................................................................................................... 21
 
The Moulala .............................................................................................................. 21
 
The schottische .......................................................................................................... 22
 
The Weedova ............................................................................................................. 23
 
The Italian Polka ....................................................................................................... 23
 
The Kwibish ............................................................................................................... 24
 
 
 A Study of the music of selected traditional folk dances of St. Lucia
  by Jason C. Joseph (2006). UWI, St. Augustine.22
CHAPTER 6 .................................................................................................................... 25
 A
 NALYSIS OF THE
M
USIC OF
S
ELECTED
T
RADITIONAL
D
ANCES
..................................... 25
 Lakonmét Pitjé .......................................................................................................... 25
 
 Lakonmét Mazouk ..................................................................................................... 26 
 
The Schottish (Shoddish) ........................................................................................... 28
 
The Moulala .............................................................................................................. 29
 
The Weedova ............................................................................................................. 31
 
The Polka .................................................................................................................. 32
 
The Kwibish ............................................................................................................... 34
 
CHAPTER 7 .................................................................................................................... 36
 
COCLUSIO ................................................................................................................ 36
 
ECOMMENDATIONS
...................................................................................................... 37
APPEDIX A .................................................................................................................. 38
 E
XCERPTS OF
T
RADITIONAL
F
OLK 
M
USIC
...................................................................... 38
APPEDIX B .................................................................................................................. 48
 T
RADITIONAL
F
OLK WEAR OF
S
T
.
 
L
UCIA
........................................................................ 48
GLOSSARY ..................................................................................................................... 49
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY ........................................................................................................... 50
 
ITERET SOURCES .................................................................................................. 51
 
LIST OF RECORDIGS COSULTED ..................................................................... 51
 
 
 A Study of the music of selected traditional folk dances of St. Lucia
  by Jason C. Joseph (2006). UWI, St. Augustine.33
Abstract
The traditional dances of St. Lucia are all adaptations of European dances, which have remaineda part of the folk culture of the island from since the emancipation of slavery. At present, there islittle interest among average St. Lucians in the traditional dances and folk music, despite efforts by various groups and folk activists to revive what was once a dying culture.The selected dances – 
lakonmèt, moulala
, schottische (shoddish), polka,
weedova
and
kwibish
– are all partnered, ballroom-type dances and are usually accompanied by a folk or “string” band.The main instruments used in a folk band are the violin, banjo, chak chak, guitar andoccasionally the tanbou. Those instruments are played by men who are over forty years of ageand who generally possess no formal or theoretical training.In the limited repertoire of dance music that is used, both European and African influences can be found. The simple harmonies, syncopated rhythms and short, repetitive melodic phrases aresome of the features associated with the music. Each dance has its own characteristic rhythm,which is played by the two main instruments – the banjo and the chak chak.

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