:: Title :: Interview with Ridley Davis about freedom songs
:: Genre :: interview, slavery song, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Davis, Ridley [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Toco (Sangre-Grande), Trinidad (Trinidad and Tobago)
:: Language :: Trinidadian Creole French
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Trinidad, Afro-Trinidadian
:: Session :: Toco I 5/62
:: Date :: 5/3/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1070.0, Track 7 (00:02:01)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session features performances of music and singing that accompanies a reel -- a dance performance tradition derived from Scotland and used as a means for ancestral veneration and contact. Many of the recordings feature one of several possible instrumental configurations for this genre as well as several solo, a cappella performances. The leader Ridley Davis is probably the singer in all the performances. Also included in this session are two stories narrated by Joseph Daniel (see tape 1071, track 3; and tape 1072, tracks 1 and 2). [Source: Editor]
2 - Alan Lomax: "The recording of the tunes listed above was made at The Mission, Toco between 8 p.m. and 12 midnight. There is a close resemblance between the songs recorded and the Tobago reel-dance tunes recorded by Andrew Pearse in that island in 1951." [Source: Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - This recording includes snippets of what Alan Lomax refers to as a ?freedom songs? in the Field Log. It features solo (male) voice?probably that of Ridley Davis?and an a cappella setting. The performance is interspersed with commentary by the performer and questions by Alan Lomax. [Source: Recording]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962



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