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Too Fast: Coloniality And Time In Wylers Of St. Kitts And Nevis, Jessica Swanston Baker Jan 2015

Too Fast: Coloniality And Time In Wylers Of St. Kitts And Nevis, Jessica Swanston Baker

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Wylers, the popular music most strongly associated with the annual Christmas carnival in St. Kitts and Nevis, is generally regarded as â??too fast.â?? And yet, while wylers is broadly understood as â??too fast,â?? metric analysis of representative songs does not indicate a major difference in tempo or beats per minute between wylers and other, widely accepted, popular Caribbean music such as Trinidadian Power soca or Dominican bouyon. Why, then, is wylers perceived as â??too fast?â?? What is at stake in making this claimâ??that is, too fast for whom or for what? This dissertation ...