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The Music of the Netherlands AntillesWhy Eleven Antilleans Knelt before Chopin's Heart$
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Jan Brokken

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461855

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2016

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461855.001.0001

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My Sister the Negress

My Sister the Negress

(p.132) 23 My Sister the Negress
The Music of the Netherlands Antilles

Jan Brokken

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the racial, social and economic divisions that remained Intact after the abolition of slavery on the island in 1863. the chapter’s title is slso the title of the first fully-fledged novel to examine the white-black relationships on the island. It begins with Wim Statius Muller’s childhood and contacts with blacks in the country that left a lasting influence on his c compositions. Ending in a brief discussion of Antille church songs reminiscent of Negro spirituals.

Keywords:   Ancestors, Melisma, Papiamentu, race relations, spirituals

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