:: Title :: Where You Were Last Night Millicent?
:: Genre :: bongo, dance
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Affet, Thomasine [vocal]
Baptiste, Sylvia [vocal]
Bentic, Mickey [vocal]
Goddard, Edward [vocal]
Julian, George [fuller drum]
Matthew, Alexander [fuller drum]
Mendez, Gloria [vocal]
Morris, Avien [vocal]
Navarro, Antoinette [vocal]
Noel, Joseph [cutter drum]
Patrick, Amy [vocal]
Perez, Yvonne [vocal]
Phillip, Angela [vocal]
Sladden, Umilta [vocal]
:: Group Name :: Bélè group
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Radix Village (Rio Claro-Mayaro), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: Trinidadian Creole English
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Radix Village 5/62
:: Date :: 5/20/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1059.0, Track 8 (00:04:36)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session features performances by a bélè group led by Mickey Bentic (president). The bélè (or belair) is a creole drum dance that contributed to the development of the calypso. This dance stems from the secular traditions of the French Windwards, namely Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Carriacou. Almost all of the performances are accompanied by a three-drum ensemble, which consists of two fuller drums (supporting drums also called bula or foulé) and a cutter drum (lead drum), as well as a chac-chac (gourd rattle). [Source: Recordings and Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Music that accompanies a bongo or wake-house ritual. Instrumentation includes one or more drums, clapping and possibly croix-croix ? two bamboo sticks. Male lead with alternating leader-chorus call and response singing. [Source: Recording]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962



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