Note: Brief discussion (performer requests coffee, biscuits, etc.) before performance begins. Performance is in a relaxed 3/4 time and includes chorus singing, qua qua (bamboo sticks), and handclapping.
About the session: This session features the music that accompanies a bongo or “wake-house ritual.” Alan Lomax: "Bongo songs are sung for accompanying the bongo dance at a wake. The only instruments of music used are the 'croix-croix' [qua qua]—two pieces of bamboo stick about 18" long struck against each other in a cross-wise direction. There is also hand-clapping done by members of the group who are not dancing." The recording was made at Covigne Road in a Club House and lasted from around 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. next day. Children's songs, a lullaby, and an American pop tune sung by Elah, Nollie, and Yvonne Andrews.
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