VariousCaribbean Voyage - Carriacou Calaloo

Label:Rounder Records – ROUNDER 11661-1722-2
Series:The Alan Lomax Collection, Caribbean Voyage
CD, Compilation
Genre:Folk, World, & Country


1Edith HectorI Want To Hear Somebody Pray1:23
2Sugar AdamsPléwé Mwê Lidé0:57
3Willie JosephCromanti Cudjo1:16
4Jemina JosephAnancy-O Sari Baba1:17
5May FortuneOko4:50
6Jemina JosephTemne Woman-O4:06
7May FortuneHausa Wele2:51
8Daniel AitkensBlow The Man Down1:46
9Charlie BristoLe Pwezon Didan La Me2:14
10-15Canute Caliste, Sonnel Allert, Gorine Joseph, Willie AlexanderSix Figure Quadrille8:04
16Newton JosephJodi Samdi1:48
17Margaret HenryFor My Own Money3:15
18Virginia JosephI´m Rocking My Baby To Sleep2:19
19Conrad JamesWila-Wila-Mena0:42
20Margaret HenryLabour Party2:32
21InterviewExplanation Of Pass-Play0:41
22Sweet Honey DuncanVio Violé1:46
23Sweet Honey DuncanYankee Man Comin´ Everyday1:35
24Beatrice DickMary & Martha1:44
25Canute Caliste, Sonnel Allert, Gorine Joseph, Willie AlexanderWila-Wila-Mena2:30
26Conrad JamesReel Engage0:39
27Canute Calliste, Sonnel Alert, Gorine Joseph, Willie AlexanderReel Engage2:34
28Charlie BristolLong Time Ago, (Caesar Boys)2:05
29Unknown ArtistIgbo Le Le4:31
30Joseph JeromeOne Night As I Was Walking5:08
31Tida LazarusHush Baby Hush0:55



In 1962 writer-folklorist-ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax journeyed to the heart of the Caribbean--deep into the musical traditions of the Lesser Antilles and eastern Caribbean that are, in fact, living records of a greater journey, from Africa to the Caribbean isles run as absentee plantations during slavery days by European nations. This CD takes the listener to the tiny island of Carriacou, which is part of the country of Grenada, where Lomax brings to life the Calypso tunes, 19th-century English quadrille dances, Baptist rhythms recast into Yoruban musical forms, cantiques (French hymns), sea chanteys, and, most stunningly, Cariacou's legendary Big Drum songs. These songs, laden with ritualistic overtones--each with its own accompanying dances--fall into nine groups with nine different West African ethnicities. From the very first drumbeat, a note of mysterious allure pervades the set, recalling a stolen past and offering entry into the richness of a people's polyglot present. A raucous African chorus swells over a thick weave of polyrhythms from drums and percussion and the lilting melodies of rudimentary string instruments. The shrill triumph of a rooster's cry conjures up the scene: a circle of celebrants playing, singing, and dancing in a dusty, outdoor "balm yard." "That's bongo!" an old man announces triumphantly. In the midst of another swirling drum song, Lomax asks in undertones, "Is this sugar? I'd love one!" "Oh, yes?" a husky female voice replies teasingly. Another woman delivers a heated a cappella plaint against an employer, written just the previous Boxing Day, she explains. Lomax's probing questions and the singers and players' answers draw the listener even further into this intoxication, so one encounters each discovery along with Lomax. This is more than a record. It's a stunning recovery preserved through the visceral warmth of "old-fashioned" analog equipment, a triumph of essence over technology. --Elena Oumano

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