:: Title :: Tom Gone Away Aboard The Magalena
:: Genre :: work song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Bartholomew, Bethel [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Toco (Sangre-Grande), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: Trinidadian Creole English
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Toco II 5/62
:: Date :: 5/18/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1072.0, Track 3 (00:01:59)
:: 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 - Recording begins with a brief spoken introduction, followed by performance of work song. The setting is solo voice with handclapping and / or foot stomping providing rhythmic accompaniment throughout. Alan Lomax notes that this performance is an example of: ?worksongs [sic] [for] hauling sheet steel? (Field Log). [Source: Recording and Field Log]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962

 

 

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