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Encyclopedia > Music of Turks and Caicos Islands
Anglophone caribbean music
British Caribbean Other Anglophone islands
Anguilla Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica
Bermuda and Montserrat Bahamas and Antigua and Barbuda
Turks and Caicos Barbados and the US Virgin Islands
Caymans Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis
UK Virgin Islands St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Timeline and Samples
Pop genres Calypso - Chutney - Dancehall - Dub - Junkanoo - Ragga - Rapso - Reggae - Ripsaw - Rocksteady - Scratch - Ska - Soca - Spouge - Steelpan
Other islands
Aruba and the Dutch Antilles - Cuba - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Haiti - Martinique and Guadeloupe - Puerto Rico - Saint Lucia

The Turks and Caicos Islands are an overseas dependency of the United Kingdom. They are most well known for ripsaw music. Music from the United Kingdom has achieved great international popularity since the 1960s, when a wave of British musicians helped to popularize rock and roll. ... The music of the Caribbean is a diverse grouping of musical genres. ... The Cayman Islands are a Caribbean island chain, currently a territory of the United Kingdom. ... The Virgin Islands are partially controlled by the United Kingdom and the United States, and have had long-standing cultural ties to the island nations to the south as well as to various European colonialists. ... 1966 in music Download sample of Alton Ellis rocksteady track Girl Youve Got a Date. Download sample of Cincinatti Kid by Prince Buster, a legendary ska artist. ... Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music which originated in the British and French colonial islands of the Caribbean at about the start of the 20th century. ... Chutney music is a form of music indigenous to the southern Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname) which derives elements from soca and Hindi film songs. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ragga. ... This article is about the Jamaican music genre. ... Junkanoo is a street parade with music, which occurs in many towns across the Bahamas every Boxing Day (December 26) and New Years Day. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Rapso is a formas of Trinidadian music that grew out of the social unrest of the 1970s. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... Ripsaw is a musical genre which originated in the Turks & Caicos Islands, specifically in the Middle and North Caicos. ... Rocksteady is the name given to a style of music popular in Jamaica between 1966 and 1968. ... Fungi is the name given to the local musical form of the British Virgin Islands. ... Ska is a form of Jamaican music combining elements of traditional mento and calypso with an American jazz and rhythm and blues sound. ... Soca is a dance music which is claimed to have originated [in Trinidad] from calypso. ... Spouge is a musical genre from the Caribbean nation of Barbados. ... Steelpan (also known as pan, steelpan, or steeldrums, and sometimes collectively with the musicians as a steelband) is a musical instrument and a form of music originating in the twin island state of Trinidad & Tobago located in the Caribbean. ... Aruba and the five main islands of the Netherlands Antilles are part of the Lesser Antilles island chain. ... The former French colonies of Martinique and Guadeloupe are small islands in the Caribbean. ... Ripsaw is a musical genre which originated in the Turks & Caicos Islands, specifically in the Middle and North Caicos. ...


Ripsaw is accompanied by an array of instruments, including maracas, triangles, box guitar, conga drums, goat and cowskin drums, accordion, concertina and, most prominently and uniquely, the carpenter saw. The saw is scraped with a metal object, such as a screwdriver, to produce a unique sound; this is called ripping the saw [1]. Maracas (sometimes called rhumba shakers) are simple percussion instruments (idiophones), usually played in pairs, consisting of a dried gourd shell (cuia - kOO-ya) or coconut shell filled with seeds or dried beans. ... The triangle is an idiophonic musical instrument of the percussion family. ... A pair of congas The conga is a tall, narrow, single-headed Cuban drum of African origin, probably derived from the Congolese Makuta drums. ... A 24-bass piano accordion An accordion is a musical instrument of the handheld bellows-driven free reed aerophone family, sometimes referred to as squeezeboxes. ... English concertina made by Wheatstone around 1920 A concertina, like the various accordions, is a member of the free-reed family of instruments. ...


The use of the saw (which is the origin of the term ripsaw) is of uncertain origin, but may be in imitation of the Dominican and Haitian guido or exiled slaves from the United States reproducing the shekere and djembe, traditional African instruments. Ripsaw is also known in the Bahamas, or at least a closely related style called rake and scrape. There, rake and scrape is closely associated with Cat Island, the home of many expatriate Turks and Caicos islanders who moved there looking for work in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Many Bahamian musicians are from the islands, including The Cooling Waters, Sly Roker, Bradley Dean, Marvin Handfield, Perry Delancy, Leo Jones and Count Bernardino. Many of these expatriates have since returned to Turks and Caicos, bringing with them Bahamian junkanoo music [2]. Guido can refer to: Guido of Arezzo - medieval music theorist GUIDO Music Notation - computer musical notation format Guido - slang term for stereotypical working class Italian-American Father Guido Sarducci - Saturday Night Live character played by Don Novello. ... The shekere is a unique percussion instrument from Africa. ... A traditional djembe An acousticon shell djembe A basic djembe A djembe (pronounced JEM-bay) (the Bamanakan translation breaks down like this . ... Ripsaw is a musical genre which originated in the Turks & Caicos Islands, specifically in the Middle and North Caicos. ... Cat Island is one of the central Bahamas, and one of its districts, and boasts the nations highest point. ... The 1920s was a decade sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949. ... Martha Jones is a fictional character to be played by Freema Agyeman in the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. ... Junkanoo is a street parade with music, which occurs in many towns across the Bahamas every Boxing Day (December 26) and New Years Day. ...


Modern ripsaw pioneers include Tell and the Rakooneers and Lovey Forbes, who created a new style called combina in the early 1980s, using genres from across the Caribbean and the US as inspiration; these included jazz, calypso, soca and reggae [3]. The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form that originated around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in African American musical styles blended with Western music technique and theory. ... Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music which originated in the British and French colonial islands of the Caribbean at about the start of the 20th century. ... Soca is a dance music which is claimed to have originated [in Trinidad] from calypso. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ...


Musician institutions

The organization TUCA helps to promote Turks and Caicos folk music and dance. The Turks and Caicos Music and Poetry Festival is a major annual event, attracting such artists as (in 2004) Chaka Khan, Maxi Priest, Boyz II Men, Joe, Shocking Vibes Band, TCI All Star Band and Blakout Crew[4] [5]. The first First Annual Turks & Caicos Ripsaw Festival was held in 2003 [6]. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Album cover of What Cha Gonna Do For Me? Best known for her 1984 cover of Princes I Feel for You, R&B singer Chaka Khan enjoyed solo success as well as popularity as a member of the funk band Rufus. ... Maxi Priest (born Max Alfred Elliott on June 10, 1960) is a reggae singer from England. ... Boyz II Men is an American R&B/soul singing group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... Joe Thomas, (born on December 4, 1984 in Brookfield, Wisconsin), is an offensive tackle for the Wisconsin Badgers. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


References

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  • Ripsaw Music and Our Cultural Heritage. Times of the Islands. Retrieved on June 18, 2006.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Turks and Caicos Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2547 words)
The islands of the Turks and Caicos were first populated by Carib Amerindians but, shortly after the islands' discovery – depending on the source, on 12 October 1492 by Christopher Columbus, who would have claimed them for Spain, or by Juan Ponce de León in 1512 – Spanish explorers began raiding the archipelago for slaves.
The Caicos Islands are the larger group, with almost 96 percent of the land area (589.5 km²) and 82 percent of the population (26 584 out of a total of 32 337 in 2006).
The unofficial capital of the Caicos Islands is the village of Kew on North Caicos.
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