Various Artists

The Big Drum & Other Ritual & Social Music of Carriacou

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This contains four Big Drum songs as well as hymns, a ballad, and quadrille and lancers dance music. There is wedding music, funeral music, and carnival music (including calypso, steelband, string band, and traditional speeches). The recordings were made in 1970 and 1971 and the album contains a short monograph, giving an overview of the culture and the social and seasonal context of the songs. Participants are recognized by name and are freely quoted or otherwise referenced in the monograph.