kenneth bilby
is the director of research at the Center for Black Music
Research, Columbia College Chicago, and research associate in the Depart-
ment of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution. He is the author of
True-Born Maroons (University Press of Florida, 2005) and coauthor (with
Peter Manuel and Michael Largey) of Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music
from Rumba to Reggae (Temple University Press, 1995, 2006). His current
projects include a comparative reexamination of practices and beliefs coming
under the rubric of obeah, and a comparative study of the Jankunu festival.
The two parallel projects draw on a wide range of ethnographic and other
underused kinds of data to provide new perspectives on both the historical
and contemporary significance of these highly charged cultural manifestations
in various parts of the Caribbean.
erna brodber
was born in 1940 in rural Jamaica. She studied at the Univer-
sity College of the West Indies, later University of the West Indies, and worked
there as a researcher and lecturer. She has taught at universities in the Carib-
bean, the United States, and Europe. She is the author of several books and
papers in fiction and nonfiction, including Myal, the winner of the Common-
wealth Writers’ Prize in 1989. She is currently working on a set of essays called
African American/African Caribbean Relations, 1782–1944, as well as a novel
called Nothings Mat.
alejandra bronfman
is an associate professor in the Department of His-
tory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She is the author of
Measures of Equality: Social Science, Citizenship, and Race in Cuba, 1902–1940
(University of North Carolina Press, 2004) and On the Move: The Caribbean
since 1989 (Zed Books, 2007). Her current research revolves around a book
project, Talking Machines: Histories of Sound, Violence, and Technology in the
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