:: Title :: The Boy And The Mouth Organ
:: Genre :: cantefable, story song
:: 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 :: T1072.0, Track 8 (00:08:35)
:: 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 - Story narrated and sung by Bethel Bartholomew. Throughout the narrative Bartholomew sings songs and accompanies himself with hand tapping and/or foot stomping. Alan Lomax calls this performance style ?cantefable? and notes that the story is about a ?boy [who] tricks the devil?s wife? (Field Log). Alan Lomax can be heard asking questions before and after the story. [Source: Recording and Field Log]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962

 

 

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