Love and Anxiety: Gender Negotiations in Chutney-Soca Lyrics

Show simple item record Mohammed, Aisha 2013-06-13T18:26:27Z 2013-06-13T18:26:27Z 2013-06-13
dc.description.abstract Chutney soca is commonly perceived to be a fusion of chutney, an Indo-Trinidadian folk music performed during Hindu weddings, and soca, which is Afro-Trinidadian fête music that developed through a mixture of calypso with soul. Marriage, sex and the family are recurring themes in “classical” chutney music. When chutney makes the transition to chutney-soca, the themes remain but their articulation changes both literally, in the sense that English becomes the primary language, and figuratively, as their articulation is influenced by multiple sex/gender systems. It is my contention that in chutney-soca, Afro-Trinidadian and Indo-Trinidadian sex/gender belief systems come into intense interaction, causing symbolic disruptions in the Indian system of gender relations. These disruptions can result in the reconfiguration of gender relations for Indian women and men at a metaphoric level. The desire of organizers of the Chutney-Soca Monarch competition to make it marketable to a foreign audience by conforming to ‘international’ standards also introduces North American gender ideologies. In this paper, I will look at how women and men, within the framework of the competition, negotiate gendered identities primarily through song lyrics, simultaneously challenging and reinforcing prevailing gender ideologies. en_US
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dc.subject chutney en_US
dc.subject soca en_US
dc.subject songs en_US
dc.subject music en_US
dc.subject gender ideology en_US
dc.title Love and Anxiety: Gender Negotiations in Chutney-Soca Lyrics en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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