Originally released as a 10" LP in 1957, Call and Response Rhythmic Group Singing was the first recording of a lengthy, illustrious career that established Ella Jenkins as one of the most valuable educators and disseminators of folk music on record. This album concentrated upon call-and-response folk songs from Africa, as well as an American chain gang chant and an Arabic welcome chant, intended for teaching the songs to children between five- and nine-years-old. Jenkins accompanies herself on various percussion instruments, and performs with an actual group of school children, who usually supply the response parts; in fact, they occasionally take the leads, too. It's a quality children's/instructional release, but not long on running time, totaling only about 16 minutes.
Performance CreditsElla Jenkins Primary Artist,Conga,Tambourine,Vocals,Narrator,Bells
Technical CreditsElla Jenkins Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Concept
Moses Asch Producer
Anthony Seeger Liner Notes,Reissue Production Supervisor
Pete Reiniger Reissue Sound Supervisor
Michael Maloney Reissue Producer
Mary Monseur Reissue Producer