:: Title :: Savanna Blanca
:: Genre :: dance tune, joropo
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Dolabaille, Segundo [cuatro]
Gomez, Sotario [violin]
Medina, James [maracas]
Reyes, Christopher [bass (cello)]
Reyes, Cyprian [vocal]
Salina, John [vocal]
Salina, Victor
:: Setting :: Home of Sotario Gomez
:: Location :: Lopinot (Tunapuna-Piarco), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: Spanish
:: Culture :: Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian, Spanish-Venezuelan-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Lopinot 5/62
:: Date :: 5/4/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1079.0, Track 5 (00:02:56)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - The performances involve a number of music and dance genres, including joropo, galerón (Venezuelan dance music genres), and castilian. Instrumentation is maracas, guitar, cuatro (small Venezuelan guitar), and violin. Sung texts are in Spanish. [Source: Editor]
2 - Alan Lomax: "Recording was made at the home of Sotario Gomez, the outstanding expert in Spanish music in Lopinot. He is the leader of a group of players who usually travel to the surrounding villages to play for country dances and wakes (cross-wake). The songs sung are those connected with the glorification or praise of the Holy Mother and are sung in decimas or ten-line stanzas in turns by each of two contestants who compete in song supported by cuatro, bandol and marac [sic]." [Source: Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - The melody is performed by two male singers singing in an alternating fashion. [Source: Recording]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962



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