Caribbean Voyage: East Indian Music in the West Indies

Alan Lomax Collection

Caribbean Voyage East Indian Music in the West Ind
  • CAT # 11661-1723-2

    1. Ramayan Chaupai 3:16
    2. Tan Singing (Thumri) 5:25
    3. Tan Singing (Holi) 5:11
    4. Tassa 2:29
    5. Women's Lullaby 2:34
    6. Sohar 3:48
    7. Grinding Song (Jaata Ka Geet) 2:03
    8. Wedding Song 1:11
    9. Madrasi Funeral Drumming 3:53
    10. Guadeloupe Kali Ceremony 3:18
    11. Bhajan 3:32
    12. Birha 3:35
    13. Chowtal 5:14
    14. Interview 1:53

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East Indian Music in the West Indies: A panorama of traditional Asian and newly created creolized East Indian music. Trinidadian 'local classical' tan singing, Hindu devotional and wedding songs, Muslim tassa drumming, Madrasi funeral drumming, and a unique excerpt from a Kali ceremony on Guadeloupe, all testify to the rich, multifaceted East Indian contribution to the dynamic mix of Caribbean music. Caribbean Voyage: Released for the first time, Alan Lomax's legendary 1962 recordings of the rich and many-stranded musical traditions of the Lesser Antilles and eastern Caribbean: work songs, pass-play and story songs, calypso, East Indian chaupai, and steel band music, reflecting the Central and West African, French, English, Celtic, Spanish and East Indian contributions to Caribbean culture. The Alan Lomax Collection: The Alan Lomax Collection gathers together the American, European and Caribbean field recordings, world music compilations, and ballad operas of writer, folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax.

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