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Kaseko is a musical genre from Suriname and French Guiana. It is a fusion of numerous popular and folk styles derived from Europe, Africa and the Americas. The Guianan Creole term kasékò is derived from the French expression casser le corps (break the body), which was used during slavery to indicate a swift dance. It is rhythmically complex, with percussion instruments including skratji (a very large bass drum) and snare drums, as well as saxophone, trumpet and occasionally trombone. Singing can be both solo and choir. Songs are typically call-and-response, as are Creole folk styles from the area, such as kawina.
Kaseko emerged from the traditional Afro-Surinamese kawina music, which was played since the beginning of 1900 by Afro-Surinamese street musicians in Paramaribo. It evolved in the 1930s during festivities that used large bands, especially brass bands, and was called Bigi Pokoe ("big drum music"). Following World War II, jazz, calypso and other importations became popular, while rock and roll soon left its own influence in the form of electrified instruments.
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