:: Title :: Myra Gal Where You Bin Last Night
:: Genre :: dance tune, piquet
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Carton, Francis [cutter drum]
Emmanuel, Sam [boula drum]
John, Thomas [fuller drum]
Stewart, Elma [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unidentified hall, Upper Laventille
:: Location :: Port-of-Spain (Port-of-Spain), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: Trinidadian Creole French
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Port-of-Spain II 4/62
:: Date :: 4/28/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1058.0, Track 3 (00:02:29)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - Performances involve a number of music and dance styles, including shango (music and dance honoring the orisa deity of fire) and kalenda (Trinidadian dance modeled on the movements of a martial art, accompanied by drumming and song). All of the performances are accompanied by a three-drum ensemble and generally employ an alternating chorus-leader singing style. [Source: Editor]
2 - Alan Lomax: "The tunes listed above were sung by members of the Upper Laventille Youth Movement and arrangements for them to be recorded were made by the adults [sic] organizer ? Mrs. L. Mulrain who provided the electricity and the hall in which the recording was done. The recording began at 9.45 p.m." Francis Carton was very versatile both as a drummer (cutter) and as a singer of the Shango songs. Sam Emmanuel is an experienced drummer who has drummed for broadcasting over radio stations in Trinidad." [Source: Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Chorus accompanied by a three-drum ensemble. Chorus-leader call-and-response singing style. Alan Lomax lists this song as a ?piquet? (Field Log). [Source: Recording]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962



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