Benna (genre)

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Benna (alternatively spelled bennah, or called ditti) is a genre of Antiguan and Barbudan music.

Benna is a calypso-like genre, characterized by scandalous gossip and a call-and-response format. It first appeared after the prohibition of slavery, and became a form of folk communication in the early 20th century, and it spread local news across the islands.

Music of The Anglophone Caribbean
Regional music
Local forms
Related areas


McDaniel, Lorna (1999). "Antigua and Barbuda". Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Volume 2. pp. 798–800. ISBN 0-8153-1865-0.