If you’re not familiar with the complexities of colonial history, Chutney Music may sound an unlikely mix of cultures, however the Caribbean is home to a substantial population who chart their origins to South Asia.
Focussed around Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname and Guyana, Indo-Caribbean populations resettled in the region from the middle of the 19th century. Most were brought by the British as indentured labour, required to support the plantations since the abolition of slavery and now around 35% of the Trinidadian population identify as Indo-Caribbean.
Instruments used in Chutney Music
Notable Chutney Performers
Drupatee Ramgoonai is a Trinidadian musician known for coining the phrase ‘chutney soca’.