:: Title :: Interview with Eugenie Carter about jollification (II)
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Carter, Eugenie [vocal]
Lomax, Alan [vocal]
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: The Valley (North Side) (None), North Side (Anguilla)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Anguilla, Afro-Caribbean
:: Session :: The Valley III 7/62
:: Date :: 7/4/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1141.0, Track 19 (00:03:04)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session features a number of performance styles: work songs sung during jollification events, toasts, rhymes, and game songs. [Source: Recordings and Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Lomax asks about the custom of having a jollification, in which a group of people related and unrelated would come to help with work. "You don't pay them but you have to treat them well, cook plenty of food, kill a goat." They seldom happen now because "people don't want to do it." Formerlly, they lasted several days and there would be a party at night and dancing accompanied by a tambourine. The jollification would go round the neighborhood helping people. It was a very old custom. 'My father is ninety years old and it was an old custom when he was young,' says Carter. The work would involve cutting brush, hoeing, planting peas, cover yams.
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962

 

 

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