:: Title :: Aguinaldo
:: Genre :: aguinaldo, Christmas song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Dolabaille, Segundo [cuatro]
Herminez, Paul [vocal]
Noriega, Visto
Pereira, Lawrence [maracas]
Salina, Victor [guitar]
:: Setting :: Home of Segundo Dolabaille
:: Location :: Lopinot (Tunapuna-Piarco), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: Spanish
:: Culture :: Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian, Spanish-Venezuelan-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Lopinot 4/62
:: Date :: 4/28/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1055.0, Track 9 (00:08:59)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Alan Lomax: ?The songs [were] recorded at the home of Segundo Dolabaille at Lopinot between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. The musicians also took part in the singing. The songs are mostly galeron, aguinaldo, warrap ? songs used by the Spanish folk for parangs and seranades on holidays, [and] Saturday night parties. The song session was casual and was organised in the usual customary way, i.e., one musician begins to sing and to play the cuatro, his neighbours joining him to drink liquor and assist in the singing without any formal invitation so to do.? [Source: Field Log]
2 - This session took place at the home of bandleader, singer, and cuartero Segundo Dolabaille (also Pedro Segundo Dolabaille). The performances involve a number of music and dance genres, including galerón (Venezuelan dance music), aguinaldo (Latin American folk Christmas music), Warrap, and children?s songs. The instrumentation consists of maracas, guitar(s), and cuatro (small Venezuelan guitar), except in the children?s songs, which are performed a cappella or with single-note guitar accompaniment. Both the song texts and the interviews with the performers are in Spanish and/or English. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - The melody is performed by two male singers in an alternating fashion. With the exception of the first 35 seconds, this performance was recorded in mono. In the following interview (T1055.10), Segundo Dolabaille indicates that the subject of the text is the birth and Passion (death) of Christ. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962

 

 

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