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WikiOmeros: Glossary


Follow-up to Cadence Country Reggae from WikiOmeros

Cadence (or cadence-lypso) is a French Antillean dance music highly popular in St Lucia in the 1970s. Unlike the English language calypso, it is a French Creole-based form originating in Dominica and Guadeloupe and a development of Haitian Creole compas (or konpas direk). It was one of the forms that later were blended into the zouk (‘party’) form popular in the 1980s. The early lyrics of cadence often dealt with social issues and as such it was more of a political form than zouk, which developed largely as entertainment music. In St Lucia the political aspect was less strong, possibly because of difficulty in understanding other Creole dialects, and the music was more of an excuse for Jump Up (street party). The cadence style is claimed to be developed in Guadeloupe by the group Exile One led by Dominican musician Julie Mourillon and for a while became the main dance music of Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Lucia and other French Creole islands.

campêche [bois-campêche] (1.I.ii; 1.III.i).

Haematoxylon campechianum is found in Central and South America. It produces a heavy, very hard wood and has a variety of medical uses. The tree has a variety of common names, including campeche [campêche] and bois-campeche [bois-campêche], and also 'logwood (Bib:36), hence Walcott’s translation of the Creole 'choeur campêche' (1.III.i) as 'Logwood Heart'.

adze (1.I.ii).

A heavy hand tool with a steel cutting blade attached at right-angles to a wooden handle, used for dressing timber (Bib:CED).

frotted (1.I.ii).

From frottage, meaning the act or process of taking a rubbing from a rough surface, such as wood, for a work of art (Bib:CED).

garrulous (1.I.i).

Given to constant and frivolous chatter; loquacious; talkative (Bib:CED).