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Cantar la negritud: Capeyuye e identidad mascoga en la frontera México-Estados Unidos

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Madrid,Alejandro L., (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
June; June-Sept, 2012
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Mexico, 36: Traditional music and non-Western art music, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, South America, black studies, USA, song, popular and traditional, performers, life, traditional music, Black Seminole people, capeyuye, spiritual, Vázquez, Gertrudis, traditional and neotraditional music
The singing of capeyuye (the Mascogo—Black Seminole people—equivalent of the U.S. spiritual) became a significant token of individual and communal identity in that population. The life and career of Gertrudis Vázquez are studied as emblematic of that tradition. The technical aspects of capeyuye are described and its performance is examined with the context of Mascogo society, particularly its connection with important events such as funerals, birthdays, and other festive occasions.