The Big Drum and Other Ritual and Social Music of Carriacou

The Big Drum and Other Ritual and Social Music of Carriacou

produced by Donald R. Hill, fl. 1993 (Folkways Records, 1980), 44 mins

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Field of Interest
World Music
Description

Donald R. Hill overviews the musical scene of the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines, tracing the series of cultural roots branching out to West Africa, Europe, the Mediterranean, the greater Caribbean and, even, North America. Representing the West African lineage, the Big Drum Dance is one of the most significant musical rituals on the island, which is prepared for special festivals such as marriage ceremonies, tombstone raisings, fishing boat launchings and in the case of ill-health or ill-fortune. Meanwhile, carnival calypsos carry their distinctively Caribbean flavor, Christmas serenades include favorite European hymns like “Joy to the World,” and the use of the ballad and quadrille genres reveal specifically British and French presences, respectively.

Content Type
Music recording
Duration
44 mins
Format
Audio
Sub Genre
Calypso, Drumming, Instrumental
Label
Folkways Records
Producer
Donald R. Hill, fl. 1993
Release Date
1980
Subject
World Music, Music & Performing Arts, South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, América del Sud, México, Centroamérica y el Caribe, América do Sul, México, América Central e Caribe, Grenada
Keywords and Translated Subjects
América del Sud, México, Centroamérica y el Caribe, América do Sul, México, América Central e Caribe

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