Note: Wake house story that tells of a "creation myth" (according to field log). The story is narrated by R. R. Hammond and is punctuated by unison audience responses and solo and chorus singing. Note use of expressive and imitative devices, such as whistling and sucking sounds, and Biblical references (e.g., Adam and Eve). Performance concludes with a bongo, which includes leader-chorus alternation, 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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