Discussions, Interviews & Lectures Detail
:: Description :: Interview of Israel Forbes and others about songs from the Bahamas; interview with Emperor Mackenzie about life as a Bahaman fisherman
:: Project :: Interview with Israel Forbes and Emperor Mackenzie
:: Date Range :: 01-01-1979 to 12-31-1979
:: Particpants ::
Lomax, Alan
Unidentified men
Forbes, Israel
Mackenzie, Emperor
Wiley, Mrs.
Unidentified women
:: Subjects ::
"Meet Around Zion, I Believe" (song)
"Save, Save, Save, Mother-in-Law" (song)
"Throw the Penny in the Box, All Night" (song)
"O Peter, Lay Down On the Right Hand Side" (song)
"Young Girl, Go Swing Your Tail, Hey" (song)
"Watchman, Please Tell Me What Time It Is" (song)
"All My Money Done, Bright Angel" (song)
"Delia's Gone" (song)
Bahamas - marriage in
Bahamas - sloop, sponge and lobster fishing in
Bahamian Christmas and New Years celebrations
Bahamian rushing
Bahamian ring and jumping dances
Bahamian waltzes and quadrilles
Bahamian lullabies and baby-bouncing songs
Bahamian anthems and getting happy
:: Cultures ::
:: Holdings ::
:: Notes :: The first half of this tape is Alan Lomax's 1979 Bahamas field recording of songs with interviews of the mostly female singers. Some of the songs are fragmentary. After "Save, save, save, mother-in-law, / Save that girl for me." Alan Lomax asks whether mother-in-law knows best and the singers affirm that she does, or did. Son-in-law might work for in-laws or prospective in-laws as part of courtship. Mrs. Wiley and chorus sing a sacred anthem: "Meet Around Zion, I believe," with and without hand clapping. Alan Lomax asks what happens at a "rushing" - a ceremony incorporating collection of coins for the church. The whole church sings: "Throw the penny in the box, all night, all night" and "Oh, Peter, Lay Down on the Right Hand Side." Lomax asks who composed the songs and participants discuss "getting happy" in the Baptist church. Samples of sea chanteys: "Young Girl, Go Swing Your Tail, Hey" and "Dig My Grave." Difference between ring dance and jumping dance. Waltzes and quadrilles. Lullabies and baby bouncing songs. Interview with Emperor Mackenzie about handling a sloop. Mackenzie talks about his religion and the hard life of a sponge fisherman handling a sloop with heavy canvas sails. How he and others were saved by the unexpected appearance of a dinghy boat from being wrecked on a reef. Story about sailor William Smth's tragic encounter with a shark. Lobster fishing. How Christmas is celebrated with feasting, drinking, and a church service. "Watchman, Please Tell Me What Time It Is": welcoming in the New Year: Song: "Jesus Spare Me Another New Year." Emperor Mackenzie: "Jesus, I know you have died in order that man may have a right to the tree of life." Discussion of what "to rock" really means. Mackenzie: It's just a saying. Description of a rushing: "All My Money Done, Bright Angel." Goes on till the money runs out. Some thoughts on marriage: "You can love too much - I know, because I did." Marriage customs. No dowery or bride price: "This is a poor country, Guyana." [Presumably where he was raised.] Alan Lomax: How were you raised? Did your father spank you? Emperor Mackenzie: No. I was a mannerly young lad. Never gave Daddy no trouble. "Delia's Gone, One More Round" - that was a Christmas song, too. Hooking sponges.



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