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Bongo, Backra & Coolie: Jamaican Roots, Vol. 1
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produced by Kenneth M. Bilby, 1953- (Folkways Records, 1975), 40 mins

Jamaican folk music blends African, European and East Indian (in dialect: Bongo, Backra and Coolie) roots into something distinctly Jamaican. Kumina, a magico-religious cult of predominantly rural peasantry, includes invocation of and possession by gods and ancestral spirits aided by songs and drumbeats. Convin...

produced by Kenneth M. Bilby, 1953- (Folkways Records, 1975), 40 mins
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Carnaval in Cuba
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produced by Andrew Schloss (Folkways Records, 1981), 46 mins

As Andrew Schloss explains in the liner notes: “Carnaval has a history of mixing and uniting people of different races, and the merriment and participation in Carnaval has always transcended class boundaries”. Recorded in 1980 in Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Schloss note only captures the unique unifying exper...

produced by Andrew Schloss (Folkways Records, 1981), 46 mins
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Creole Music of Surinam
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produced by Clifford Entes (Folkways Records, 1978), 48 mins

This collection presents the two main genres of Afro-Dutch Guyanese music—Kawina-winti and Kaseko-Opo Poku. Sung in Taki-Taki (a native Creole dialect consisting of English, Dutch, Portuguese, and African languages) this album offers a glimpse into Surinamese life and the music that accompanies it.

produced by Clifford Entes (Folkways Records, 1978), 48 mins
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The Cuban Danzón: Its Ancestors and Descendents
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produced by John Santos and Andrew Schloss (Folkways Records, 1982), 48 mins
These recordings represent a collection of masterpieces, which will now be preserved as an important part of the archives documenting the history of Cuban music. We hope that they will be used by this and future generations in the study and appreciation of Latin music..."

John Santos


"Estas grabaciones r...
produced by John Santos and Andrew Schloss (Folkways Records, 1982), 48 mins
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Dabuyabarugu: Inside the Temple - Sacred Music of the Garifuna of Belize
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produced by Carol Jenkins and Travis Jenkins (Folkways Records, 1982), 52 mins

The Garifuna are descendants of escaped slaves who intermarried with native Carib and Arawak Indians. This album is a collection of music recorded during a dugu, a two week ceremonial feast that attempts to placate the gods. Requiring a year of preparation, and an ample supply of rum, the music heard on this al...

produced by Carol Jenkins and Travis Jenkins (Folkways Records, 1982), 52 mins
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John Crow Say..: Jamaican Music of Faith, Work and Play
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produced by John Storm Roberts (Folkways Records, 1981), 39 mins

Rounds or cannons or quadrilles, European church harmony or familiar hymn melodies—these are testaments to the British contribution to Jamaican culture. African call-and-response patterns, a particular and signifying humor, and Anansi (trickster) stories speak to the African input. But listening will tell you t...

produced by John Storm Roberts (Folkways Records, 1981), 39 mins
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Joseph Spence: The Complete Folkways Recordings, 1958
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produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1992), 52 mins
Sam Charters first recorded Bahamian guitarist Joseph Spence on Andros Island in July 1958. Spence, long out of work as a stonemason, had used his time to perfect a unique style of playing. Charters took Spence as a model for what he wanted to hear in other Bahamian guitarists. Originally issued in 1959 as Fol...
produced by Samuel Barclay Charters, 1929-2015 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 1992), 52 mins
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Music from Saramaka: A Dynamic Afro-American Tradition
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produced by Sally Price, 1943- and Richard Price (Folkways Records, 1977), 45 mins
produced by Sally Price, 1943- and Richard Price (Folkways Records, 1977), 45 mins
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Music of Cuba
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produced by Verna Gillis, 1942- and John Santos (Folkways Records, 1985), 48 mins
produced by Verna Gillis, 1942- and John Santos (Folkways Records, 1985), 48 mins
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Music of Guatemala, Vol. 2
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produced by Jacques Jangoux (Folkways Records, 1973), 43 mins
Produced and recorded by Jacques Jangoux.

"The music presented in this album is typical of rural Guatemala. Most of the inhabitants of this area are Indians of Mayan descent, but almost everywhere in the Guatemalan countryside one can also find Ladinos: persons, of whatever descent, who speak Spanish in their...
produced by Jacques Jangoux (Folkways Records, 1973), 43 mins
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