Babylon Inna Hopiland: Articulations of Tradition and Social Injustice by the Hopi Reggae Musician Casper Loma-da-wa

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Religious Studies


Chapter Summary: In this chapter I explore how popular Hopi musician Casper-loma-da-wa uses reggae music and its themes of social injustice and religious uplifting to speak about Hopi social ills and the importance of Hopi religious tradition to combat those ills.

Book Summary: Popular music compels, it entertains, and it has the power to attract and move audiences. With that in mind, the editors of Indigenous Pop showcase the contributions of American Indian musicians to popular forms of music, including jazz, blues, country-western, rock and roll, reggae, punk, and hip hop.

From Joe Shunatona and the United States Indian Reservation Orchestra to Jim Pepper, from Buffy Saint-Marie to Robbie Robertson, from Joy Harjo to Lila Downs, Indigenous Pop vividly addresses the importance of Native musicians and popular musical genres, establishing their origins and discussing what they represent. [From the Publisher]


Original version is available from the publisher at: http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/Books/bid2604.htm

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