Jammin’ with Jwé

The Saint Lucian genre of music called “Jwé” is a playful, sometimes raunchy folk musical style that appears at beach parties, dances, full moon gatherings and, of course, wakes. Musicians improvise bawdy lyrics full of double entendres (in Lucian culture this is referred to as lang dévivé,  “saying the opposite of what is meant”), and the audience participates by clapping, laughing and singing along. While we do appreciate playfully offensive folk music, since in our classes we’re singing for kids, let’s share a short video clip of St. Lucian folk music that is lovely and lyric-free. 

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