A great deal of the popularity of Afro-Caribbean music is because the millions of people dancing it associate that music to the joys of aroma, flavor, and body contact. This exploration of the texts of about 1115 songs shows that: (1) there are songs putting food and drinks as the main topic for both celebration and every-day life histories. (2) Other songs talk about snacks and soft drinks while others (3) metaphorically mention food for talking about sex. (4) Some songs about non-food subjects collaterally mention food as part of the wider story. (5) Many singers sing about subjects completely unrelated to food, still using phrases like Azúcar! (sugar), Sabor! (flavor) and Qué rico! (it’s tasty!) as personal trademarks or in order to keep the attention of dancers. (6) Gluttony is usually a joke. (7) Even though drunkenness is portrayed as funny and as a mitigation of love pains there are also singers encouraging people to get out of such alcohol abuse. (8) A subject captivating the attention of most influential artists is how difficult are food production for farmers, navigation for fishermen, and paying the expensive costs of food for city inhabitants. Sponsoring places adequately combining restaurants with dancing halls where cooks and disc-jockeys are born, grown, and educated in the Caribbean seems more effective than the Traditional Specialty Guaranteed tag for ensuring the fair trade of Caribbean food, drinks, and music in Europe.
Keywords: Calypso-Cumbia-and Guaracha music, domestic economy, intimacy, Salsa, Traditional Specialty Guaranteed
Jel Code: D12