Kaseko

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Kaseko is a musical genre from Suriname and French Guiana, a fusion of African, European and American styles. The term kaseko derives 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 first evolved out of Bigi Pokoe, which was a 1930s' style played by large brass bands during festivals, strongly influenced by Dixieland jazz. Later, calypso, rock and roll and other styles left an influence.

In the 1970s, Surinamese expatriates, living in the Netherlands, popularized kaseko.

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