Alan Lomax

Caribbean Voyage: Brown Girl in the Ring

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Field recordings made by Alan Lomax in 1962 in Trinidad, Tobago, Dominica, St. Lucia, Anguilla, Nevis, and Carriacou. These are 62 group a cappella "game and pass play" songs, some sung by adults, but the majority by children, with spirited handclapping providing the only accompaniment to the voices. These territories were subject to much European colonization over the last few centuries, resulting in folk songs with clear influences from British (many of the numbers are performed in English) and French traditions, as well as African ones. Much of the material approximates Creole music; often it's like hearing the Dixie Cups (the New Orleans girl group famous for "Chapel of Love" and "Iko Iko") as sung by kids in the schoolyard. The songs frequently use a call-response structure, and are performed with considerable exuberance. Many of these are no more than short excerpts of one minute or so, but with a running time of 78 minutes, the disc offers good value for those looking for some base sources of Caribbean and Creole folk and popular music.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
1:28
2
1:36
3
1:28
4
0:46
5
1:12
6
1:17
7
1:40
8
1:03
9
0:48
10
0:53
11
1:31
12
1:10
13
1:20
14
0:35
15
1:39
16
1:01
17
2:00
18
1:09
19
1:07
20
1:11
21
1:04
22
1:15
23
2:12
24
1:21
25
0:48
26
0:52
27
1:14
28
1:12
29
1:09
30
0:45
31
1:11
32
1:45
33
1:06
34
1:59
35
0:51
36
1:16
37
1:36
38
1:33
39
1:16
40
1:22
41
1:29
42
1:08
43
0:45
44
0:20
45
1:14
46
0:43
47
0:45
48
1:18
49
1:28
50
1:49
51
1:16
52
0:46
53
1:04
54
0:27
55
1:01
56
1:30
57
1:55
58
1:29
59
1:31
60
1:43
61
1:23
62
1:45
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