Alan Lomax

Bahamas 1935: Chanteys & Anthems from Andros & Cat

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Another sub series in Rounder's Alan Lomax collection, these are '30s field recordings documenting African-American life in the Bahamas in the mid '30s. It's a collection of sea chanteys and anthems drawn from field recordings made on Andros and Cat Island. The music made by these "spongers" is both lighthearted and delightful, full of interesting harmonies and interesting composition. What would later turn into commercial calypso has its seeds in this music. Another fascinating chunk of history.

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