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Bahamas: Islands of Song
     

The Bahamas: Islands of Song

 
A collection of songs from the various islands of the Bahamas. The music is almost always vocal, with accompaniment only by a few musicians, either self-accompanying on guitar/banjo or with a small trio (accordion, drum, saw). The songs are based either in religion, in children's game-songs, or on simple happenings within the town. The recording quality is quite nice

Overview

A collection of songs from the various islands of the Bahamas. The music is almost always vocal, with accompaniment only by a few musicians, either self-accompanying on guitar/banjo or with a small trio (accordion, drum, saw). The songs are based either in religion, in children's game-songs, or on simple happenings within the town. The recording quality is quite nice throughout, though the music can at times drag on at a far too low tempo for anyone's good (case in point: "Roll a Pin"). Despite an occasional drop, the music is however generally pretty good. There are three- and four-part harmonies thrown everywhere in this collection, usually to good effect. On top of this, the saw player in Thomas Cartwright's group (Huelon Newbold) shows off some level of virtuosity in his rhythmic accompaniment on the tool. The album overall presents a nice look at a music culture generally not thought of along with the other Caribbean genres that have overshadowed it, and not often grouped in with the Southern U.S. traditions which it shares so many features with. Pick up the album for such a look into the vocal traditions in their simplicity, but don't go in expecting grandiose instrumentation.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/1997
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074040522
catalogNumber:
40405
Rank:
124202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Richard Frazier   Group Member
Nat Saunders   Banjo,Vocals,Track Performer
Harrington "Zippy" Frazier   Vocals,Group,Group Member
Almeda Campbell   Vocals,Track Performer
Avis Armbrister   Vocals,Track Performer
Dwayne Curtis   Group Member
Garland Dean   Group Member
Kermit Strachan   Group Member
Tex Turnquest   Group Member
Patricia Bazard   Vocals,Group,Soloist,Group Member
Thomas Cartwright   Accordion,Group

Technical Credits

Anthony Seeger   Producer
Pete Reiniger   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Amy Horowitz   Producer
Amos Ferguson   Art Direction,Cover Art
Traditional   Composer
Eric Minns   Composer

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