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Saint Lucia

is characterized by the prominence of the quadrille dance, distinct from the French version and related to the Haitian ''mereng''. The quadrille is a potent symbol of French Antillean culture. Manuel, ''Caribbean Currents'', pgs. 140–141 Martinique and Guadeloupe are also home to their own distinct folk traditions, most influentially including Guadeloupan ''gwo ka'' and Martinican ''tambour'' and ''tibwa''. ''Gwo ka'' is a type of percussion music which consists of seven basic rhythms and variations on them. It has been modernized into ''gwo ka moderne'', though traditional rural performances (''lewoz'') are still common. Tambour and ti bwa ensembles are the origin of several important Martinican popular styles, including ''chouval bwa'' and ''biguine'', and also exerted an influence on zouk. Lucian folk music features ensembles of fiddle, cuatro (Cuatro (instrument)), banjo, guitar and chak-chak (Shak-shak) (a rattle (Rattle (percussion instrument))), with the banjo and cuatro being of iconic importance, and recreational, often lyric song forms called ''jwé''. WikiPedia:Saint Lucia commons:Category:Saint Lucia Dmoz:Regional Caribbean Saint Lucia


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