Opal Palmer Adisa and Meagan Sylvester

Interviewing the Caribbean book coverThe long awaited Interviewing the Caribbean, Caribbean Music issue has been published! Here is the link to the online version https://www.bookfusion.com/books/1734975-interviewing-the-caribbean-volume-7-issue-1. Other online providers will be updated shortly.

On behalf of the UWI Press’ Board of Directors, Guest Editor Meagan Sylvester, Editor-in-Chief Professor Opal Palmer-Adisa and the editorial and production team, we express sincere gratitude for the original submissions which created a memorable issue featuring Caribbean Music. The issue is dedicated to Zee Edgell (1940-2020) and Singing Sandra (1957-2021). While in production we lost the pioneer of the Rapso music movement, Brother Resistance (1954-2021). Akhim Alexis’ contribution entitled “Cultural Confidence and the Rapso Revolution: The Work of Brother Resistance and 3 Canal” featured his life and work.

Print copies of the journal can be ordered through our website https://www.uwipress.com/ic-purchase/ or by contacting uwipress.mktg@uwimona.edu.jm or uwipress.journals@uwimona.edu.jm or call 876-977-2659/876-702-4082.

Opal Palmer AdisaOpal Palmer Adisa, Ph. D, multi-genre, gender specialist, cultural activist, is sustained by the oceanic breeze of the Caribbean. Writer of both poetry and prose, playwright/director, professor, Adisa has lectured and read her work throughout the United States, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Germany, Spain, France, England and Prague, and has performed in Italy and Bosnia. An award-winning poet and prose writer, Adisa has twenty-two titles to her credit, including the novel, It Begins With Tears (1997), that Rick Ayers proclaimed as one of the most motivational works for young adults.

She has been a resident artist in internationally acclaimed residencies such as Arte Studio Ginestrelle (Assis, Italy), El Gouna (Egypt), Sacatar Institute (Brazil) and McColl Center, (North Carolina) and Headlines Center for the Arts (California, USA). Opal Palmer Adisa’s work has been reviewed by Ishmael Reed, Al Young, and Alice Walker (Color Purple), who described her work as “solid, visceral, important stories written with integrity and love.”

Following in the tradition of the African “griot” Opal Palmer Adisa, an accomplished storyteller, commands the mastery and extraordinary talent of storytelling, exemplary of her predecessors. Through her imaginative characterizations of people, places and things, she is able to transport her listeners to the very wonderlands she creates.

Meagan SylvesterMeagan Sylvester, Senior Lecturer, Music Sociologist, Author, Researcher.

Meagan Sylvester is a published author from the Caribbean twin island of Trinidad and Tobago. She is a UWI, St. Augustine graduate and a Caribbean scholar whose doctoral research focused on Narratives of Resistance in Calypso and Ragga Soca music. Her continuing interrogation within the academy centers on Music, Gender, and National Identity in Calypso and Soca, Music of Diasporic Carnivals, Narratives of Resistance in Calypso and Ragga Soca music, Steelpan and kaisoJazz musical identities. Teaching and research interests are Caribbean Music Cultures and African Diaspora Popular Culture.

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