Note: Recording begins with a brief spoken introduction, followed by performance of work song. The setting is solo voice with handclapping and / or foot stomping providing rhythmic accompaniment throughout. Alan Lomax notes that this performance is an example of: “worksongs [sic] [for] hauling sheet steel” (Field Log).
About the session: This session features a number of spoken and musical performance styles, including cantefables (spoken and sung stories), bongo (music and dance accompanying a wake-house ritual), shango (music and dance honoring the orisa deity of fire), and work songs. All of the songs are performed solo. The performances are either a cappella or the singers accompany themselves with handclapping, tapping, and foot stomping.
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