Dr. Jocelyne Guilbault

(University of California, Berkeley)

Jocelyne Guilbault is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Music Department of the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1980, she has done extensive fieldwork in the French Creole- and English-speaking islands of the Caribbean on both traditional and popular music. She published several articles on ethnographic writings, aesthetics, the cultural politics of West Indian music industries, and world music.  She is the author of Zouk: World Music in the West Indies (1993) and the co-editor of Border Crossings: New Directions in Music Studies (1999-2000). Her new book, Governing Sound: the Cultural Politics of Trinidad's Carnival Musics (2007), explores the ways the calypso music scene became audibly entangled with projects of governing, audience demands, and market incentives.

Discordant Beats of Pleasure Amidst Everyday Violence:

The Work of Party Music in Trinidad