The Sounds of Black Music: Caribbean Rhythms, Roots, and Resistance

By NYPL Staff
June 8, 2021
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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On June 5, 2006, the United States government officially designated June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and a presidential proclamation recognizing its observance has been issued annually ever since. In this list below we take a look at the music of the Caribbean through books about artists who have made a significant impact on the world stage as well as those who have produced hits behind the scenes. We also highlight works that examine the ways in which Caribbean music has been created, enjoyed, performed, and studied.

The Sounds of Black Music is a blog series featuring resources on music genres and influential artists from across the African Diaspora. This series is written and curated by Tracy Crawford and A.J. Muhammad.

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Summaries provided via NYPL’s catalog, which draws from multiple sources. Click through to each book’s title for more.