:: Title :: Interview with May Fortune about the Saraca
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Fortune, May [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Group Name :: Big Drum group
:: Setting :: Tombstone feast
:: Location :: L'Esterre (None), Carriacou (Grenada)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Grenadines, Carriacou, Afro-Caribbean
:: Session :: L'Esterre 8/62
:: Date :: 8/1/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1207.0, Track 1 (00:10:14)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - A tombstone feast hosted by Jennifer and Newton Joseph, both identified as performers for these recordings. Performances feature a Big Drum group performing traditional repertoire, which continues on the subsequent session. In his field log, Alan Lomax names a number of individuals who participated in this session and, unless otherwise specified by Lomax, they are all listed as "possible" performers. This session is documented in considerable detail in Caribbean Voyage: Tombstone Feast (Rounder 1727). Some of the recordings can also be found on Caribbean Voyage: Carriacou Calaloo (Rounder 1722). [Source: Recordings and Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Extended interview with May Fortune that took place around 5:00 AM (August 2). Discussion centers on the Saraca (feast) prepared for the Dead as well as May Fortune?s involvement in this ritual. [Source: Recording]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962

 

 

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