:: Title :: The Animal Language
:: Genre :: animal imitation, story
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Bartholomew, Bethel [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Toco (Sangre-Grande), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Toco II 5/62
:: Date :: 5/18/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1084.0, Track 4 (00:03:57)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session features a number of spoken and musical performance styles, including cantefables (spoken and sung stories), bongo (music and dance accompanying a wake-house ritual), shango (music and dance honoring the orisa deity of fire), and work songs. All of the songs are performed solo. The performances are either a cappella or the singers accompany themselves with handclapping, tapping, and foot stomping. [Source: Recordings and Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - A playful anthropomorphic anecdote that juxtaposes animal sounds and characteristics with those of their human counterparts. [Source: Recording]
0 - Cephus Louis: Power Street, Toco, Trinidad[;] has been a member of local folk dance gp. ? studied, collected dance dunes in area; heard J. D. Elder lecture [and] wanted [to] take folk music course by correspondence; has traveled around [and] learned songes from old people, but most songs come from [his] Tobago mother. [Source: Field Log]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962



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