:: Title :: O Daniel
:: Genre :: bongo, wake game/story-song
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Balfour, Cyril [vocal]
Carey, Julian [vocal]
Charles, Paul [vocal]
Hammond, R. R. [vocal]
Jemmot, C. [vocal]
Noel, Cheery [vocal]
Smith, Cyrus [vocal]
Vidale, Alston [vocal]
:: Group Name :: Wake Group
:: Setting :: Club house, Covigne Road
:: Location :: Diego Martin (None), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Diego Martin I 4/62
:: Date :: 4/25/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1052.0, Track 3 (00:13:18)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session features the music that accompanies a bongo or ?wake-house ritual.? [Source: Editor]
2 - Alan Lomax: "Bongo songs are sung for accompanying the bongo dance at a wake. The only instruments of music used are the 'croix-croix' [qua qua] - two pieces of bamboo stick about 18" long struck against each other in a cross-wise direction. There is also hand-clapping done by members of the group who are not dancing. The recording was made at Covigne Road in a Club House and lasted from around 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. next day." [Source: Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Wake house story that tells of a "creation myth" (field log). The story is narrated by R. R. Hammond and is punctuated by unison audience responses and solo and chorus singing. Note use of expressive and imitative devices, such as whistling and sucking sounds, and Biblical references (e.g., Adam and Eve). Performance concludes with a bongo, which includes leader-chorus alternation, qua qua (bamboo sticks), and handclapping. [Source: Editor]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962

 

 

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