“Jump Up!” talk at Brooklyn College

In the presentation, Allen gave a quick overview of carnivals  in Trinidad and in New York.  Allen states that his goal was to take a serious look at the concept of Diasporic Transnationalism. Which is much more than a one-way migration of people or a culture from one place to another, in part due to the 20th century (global age) movement of people, customs, and commercial goods back and forth across international waters - and in this case specifically, culture. Allen says that in the book, he is interested in the way musicians, singers, record producers, carnival masquerade bands et al, moved back and forth between Trinidad, the other islands and New York, and their subsequent impact and influence on each other through this loop - including other established carnivals in Toronto, London and Miami.

Garvin Blake, Winston Wellington and Frankie McIntosh
Garvin Blake, Winston Wellington and Frankie McIntosh

Garvin and Frankie, in addition to their performances, were guest speakers. Both have contributed greatly to the New York Caribbean music scene as musicians, performers and recording artists.  They provided an in-depth and unique perspective, as they articulated as key individuals who have been deeply involved from the inside.  That is:  they have lived, created and directed the music that has defined generations of Caribbean music experience, and globally impacted world music across the diasporas.

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  • Good info.


  • wonderful presentation. I ordered the book. It is nice to see someone finally documenting the culture... Bravo Ray Allen and thank you. #cultureliveshere 

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