Diaspora Cultures and Music in Florida

A diaspora is the idea of an international network of communities linked together by identification with a common ancestral homeland and culture. In Florida alone there are many different diasporas that bring their culture and music to everyone around them.

Jamaican Diaspora

Kelsey Richards

Haitian Diaspora

Joseph Moreau

Brazilian/Central American Diaspora

Rene Breslauer

Japanese Diaspora

Eric Jacques

Nicaraguan Diaspora

Casey Theiler

African Diaspora

Stephen Marasia

Cuban Diaspora

Michael King

Irish Diaspora

Garrett Madding

Puerto Rican Diaspora

Dennis Mathis

Roles/Areas of Responsibility

Name Responsibility
Kelsey Richards Project Manager, writer
Joseph Moreau Copy Editor, writer
Rene Breslauer Web Designer, writer
Stephen Marasia Bibliographer, writer
Michael King Wiki Editor, writer
Eric Jacques Discographer, writer
Garrett Madding Writer
Casey Theiler Writer
Dennis Mathis Writer



Michael King/Cuban diaspora:

Sublette, N. (2007). Cuba and its music: from the first drums to the mambo, Volume 1. Chicago: Chicago Review Press.

Kelsey Richards/Jamaican diaspora

Manuel, Peter, and Wayne Marshall. "The Riddim Method: Aesthetics, Practice, and Ownership in Jamaican Dancehall." Special Issue on Dance 25.3 (2006): 447-70. Web.

Bakan, Michael B. World Music: Traditions and Transformations. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007. Print.

Dennis Mathis/Puerto Rican diaspora

Whalen, Carmen Teresa and Victor Vazquez-Hernandez. "The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Historical Perspectives." Temple University Press, (2005). Web.

Stephen Marasia/African Diaspora/Bibliographer

Rommen, Timothy. Funky Nassau: Roots, Routes, and Representation in Bahamian Popular Music

Munro, Martin. (2010). Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas

Baraka, Amiri. (2009). Digging: The Afro- American Soul of American Classical Music

Dargan, William. (2006). Lining out the Word: Dr. Watts Hymm Singing in the Music of Black Americans

Fernandez, Raul. (2006). From Afro-Cuban Rhythms to Latin Jazz


Cooder, Ry. Buena Vista Social Club. Nonesuch. September 23, 1997

Estefan, Gloria. Mi Tierra. Sony. June 22, 1997

Hirota, Joji. Japanese Taiko. Arc Music. June 29, 2004

Rodriguez, Arsenio. CUBA. Mambo Maniacs Records. September 26, 2006

Various Artists. Roots, Reggae and Culture. RCA Records. November 11, 2002



Michael King/Cuban diaspora:

Brozensky, J., Cabrera, E., & Collins, K. (2006, February 21). Cuba and Its Music. Retrieved April 14, 2011, from Cedar Crest College: http://www2.cedarcrest.edu/academic/soc/ccameron/soc215/cuba/cuba.htm

Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, I. (2010). Little Havana's Free Monthly Arts & Culture Festival. Retrieved April 10, 2011, from Viernes Culturales: http://www.viernesculturales.org/

Wides-Munoz, L. (2011, April 6). ACLU questions cancelling Fla Cuban music concert. Retrieved April 14, 2011, from The Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/06/2153358/cancellation-of-fla-cuban-music.html

Kucawca, D. (2011, March 13). For the 33rd year, the Calle Ocho Street Festival takes over Little Havana. Retrieved April 10, 2011, from The Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/03/13/2113559/for-the-33rd-year-the-calle-ocho.html

Kelsey Richards/Jamaican diaspora

Rhodes, Henry A. "93.04.04: The Evolution of Rap Music in the United States." Yale University. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. <http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1993/4/93.04.04.x.html>.

"Origins of Reggae." Jamaican Music. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. <http://www.jamaicansmusic.com/>.

Dinham, Phil. "Life in South Florida (Jamaica)." Jamaica. Web. 20 Apr. 2011. <http://www.jamaicans.com/jamaicansoverseas/miami/sociallife-2.shtml>.

Rene Breslauer/Brazilian and Central American Diaspora

"Brazil Samba Music Brazilian Carnival." Florida Brasil Guia Para Brasileiros Na Florida. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <http://www.floridabrasil.com/english/samba.html>.

"Brazilian Immigration." Vernon Johns. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <http://www.vernonjohns.org/plcooney/brimmig.html>.

"Consulate General of Brazil in Miami." The Consulate General of Brazil in Miami. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <http://www.brazilmiami.org/eng/cultaff_USA_music.php>.

"Explosion of Brazilians in Broward County Florida." Jornalus News Agency. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <http://news.jornal.us/article-4836.Explosion-of-Brazilians-in-Broward-County-Florida.html>.

Lad, Kashmira. "Brazilian Musical Instruments." Buzzle Web Portal: Intelligent Life on the Web. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <http://www.buzzle.com/articles/brazilian-musical-instruments.html>.

Whitefield, Mimi. "Focus-Brazil Reaches out to South Florida Brazilians - Americas - MiamiHerald.com." MiamiHerald.com - Miami & Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Miami Dolphins & More. Web. 25 Apr. 2011. <http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/14/2167906/focus-brazil-reaches-out-to-south.html>.

Eric Jacques/Japanese diaspora

Adachi, Nobuko. "Japanese diasporas: unsung pasts, conflicting presents, and uncertain future" Web. 18 Apr. 2011. <http://books.google.com/books?id=litYzL0GYSkC&pg=PA1&dq=japanese+diaspora&hl=en&ei=rH2wTb3wLajZ0QHdg8G2CQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=japanese%20diaspora&f=false>

"Ghost Town: Yamato Colony" Ghost Towns. Web. 18 Apr. 2011 <http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/fl/yamatocolony.html>

Konagaya, Hideyo. (2001, March 18). Taiko as Performance: Creating Japanese American Traditions. The Japanese Journal of American Studies, No. 12. Retreived April 08, 2011. http://www.soc.nii.ac.jp/jaas/periodicals/JJAS/PDF/2001/No.12-105.pdf

Terada, Yoshitaka. (2001, March 30). Shifting Identities of Taiko Music in North America. National Museum of Ethnology. Retreived April 07, 2011. http://ir.minpaku.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/10502/1384/1/SER22_004.pdf

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