:: Title :: Interview with unidentified men about bongo songs
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
Unidentified men [vocal]
:: Group Name :: Bongo group
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Cumana (Sangre-Grande), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Cumana 4/62
:: Date :: 4/26/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1055.0, Track 2 (00:01:32)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session begins with instrumental performances involving cuatro ? small four-stringed Venezuelan guitar ? and fiddle (tape 1053, tracks 5, 7, 9), followed by the alternating lead-chorus singing style characteristic of bongo performances (tape 1053, tapes 10-12; and tape 1055, track 1, 3, 5, 7). Also, interspersed throughout this session are five interviews with individual performers (tape 1053, track 6, 8; and tape 1055, track 2, 6, 8). The instrumental performances are meant to accompany a number of dance styles, namely a bélè (song-dance), a quadrille (Afro-Caribbean interpretation of nineteenth-century European set dance), and a ?jig.? Bongo performances occur at a Trinidadian wake and feature music and dance to placate ancestors. [Source: Recording and Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Poor recording quality. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962

 

 

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