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Lord InvaderCalypso (1955)Smithsonian Folkways
One of Calypso's finest exponents, recorded in 1955
Calypso Cross SectionCalypso Cross Section (1957)Smithsonian Folkways
Juxtaposing the musical talents of vocalists Bomber, Wrangler, Killer and Small Island Pride, the art of the 1950s Trinidadian calypso resonates on this...
Lead BellyLead Belly Sings Folk SongsSmithsonian Folkways
Vital 1940s recordings of 15 songs featuring Lead Belly performing solo and accompanied by Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, and Sonny Terry. 
Brother John SellersBaptist Shouts and Gospel SongsSmithsonian Folkways
Mississippi-born blues and gospel singer John Sellers performs 12 soulful tracks on this 1959 Monitor release. Gospel songwriter Thomas Dorsey explains...
The Brute Force Steel BandBeauty and the Brute ForceSmithsonian Folkways
Trinidadian vocalist Dot Evans joined the Antiguan Brute Force Steel Band for this collaborative project that displays the luxurious melodies and rhythmic...
Esso Steel Band of Bermuda Bermuda HoneymoonSmithsonian Folkways
In the 1950s, steel pan and calypso, imported from Trinidad and Tobago, were hot in Bermuda. Lloyd Simmons and Hubert Smith, Jr. sing calypso with the...
Lord MelodyCaribbean Limbo MusicSmithsonian Folkways
How low can you go? Chances are, you’ll laugh (or at least giggle) before you reach your limit. These largely instrumental pieces with limbo-appropriate...
Musica de Cuba Pre-CastroJawbone of an AssSmithsonian Folkways
"This Conga is all alcohol, percussion and one Chinese Trumpet." So says Ariel Fiallo Arias, a citizen of Santiago, in describing a music almost singularly...
The Brute Force Steel BandMusic to Awaken the Ballroom BeastSmithsonian Folkways
In the streets of Antigua shortly following WWII, The Brute Force Steel Band began as one of the ensembles that would pioneer Caribbean steel pan music....
Memphis SlimChicago Blues: Boogie Woogie and Blues Played and Sung By Memphis SlimSmithsonian Folkways
The music on this recording is at once far-reaching and intimate. It has a quality enjoyed well beyond contemporary fans of this style of music, and yet...
Creole Songs of Haiti / Various ArtistsCreole Songs of HaitiSmithsonian Folkways
This recording combines vocal interpretations of Vodou (an Afro-Haitian religion) ceremonial songs and popular secular melodies by legendary Haitian singer,...
Frantz CasseusHaitian DancesSmithsonian Folkways
Haitian guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus charged himself with the mission of building a repertoire for guitar blending Haitian folk music and European...
Sonny TerryHarmonica and Vocal SolosSmithsonian Folkways
As a youth in North Carolina, Sonny Terry—who lost his sight during his teen years—never imagined he’d eventually find fame as a musician...
J.D. Short and Son HouseJ.D. Short and Son House: Blues from the Mississippi DeltaSmithsonian Folkways
This album presents the distinctive blues born from the hardships of life—especially African-American life—in northern Mississippi. In addition...
Louise Bennett Jamaican Folk SongsSmithsonian Folkways
Jamaican singer and folklorist Louise Bennett sings Jamaican folk songs, work songs, dancing songs and banana-boat-loading songs. Amongst these songs are...
Music of Haiti / Various ArtistsMusic of Haiti: Vol. 3 - Songs and Dances of HaitiSmithsonian Folkways
The Ayida Group, a troupe folklorique of Port-au-Prince that sprung (with many similar troops) out of a 1930’s—’40s social movement revaluing...
Roots / Various ArtistsRoots: The Rock and Roll Sound of Louisiana and MississippiSmithsonian Folkways
This collection of rock and roll from Louisiana and Mississippi features music by Al White and the Hi-Liters, as well as from other regional acts who recorded...
The Big Drum Dance of Carriacou / Various ArtistsThe Big Drum Dance of CarriacouSmithsonian Folkways
The Big Drum Dance is one of the most significant musical rituals on the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines. Really a long series of dances, the Big...
Computer MusicCompositions By Larry Austin, John Celona, Charles Dodge and othersSmithsonian Folkways
This recording, co-ordinated by Larry Austin, features compositions by Stanley Haynes, Charles Dodge, John Celona, Bruce Pennycock and Austin himself....
McLeanElectro-Symphonic LandscapesSmithsonian Folkways
Composed by Priscilla McLean and Barton McLean, originally released in 1979
Electronic Music From The OutsideFeaturing Barton McLean, Priscilla McLean, Kevin Hanlon & Reed HolmesSmithsonian Folkways
A narrative exploration, with examples, of how six major electronic music works are put together - from the University of Texas-Austin Electronic Music...
The Seasons: Vermont For Magnetic Tape Collage & Instrumental EnsembleSmithsonian Folkways
Composed by Malcolm Goldstein, and originally released in 1983, the music consists of a magnetic tape collage of sounds recorded in Vermont during each...
John Cage/David TudorIndeterminacy: New Aspect Of Form In Instrumental And Electronic MusicSmithsonian Folkways
The idea behind Indeterminacy was, like many Cagean ideas, essentially simple and audaciously original. Cage read 90 stories, his speed determined by the...
Rupert Clemendore and John Buddy WilliamsLe Jazz Primitif From TrinidadSmithsonian Folkways
Hardly "primitive," this is sophisticated jazz improv "with the Trinidad touch." The musical settings range from smooth lounge jazz with vibes, piano,...
Outer SpaceMusic by Vaclav NelhybelSmithsonian Folkways
Ingenious use of echo, artificial reverberation and electronic alterations gives the music in this category a weird, spooky futuristic, ‘out of this...
Electronic MusicUniversity of Toronto Electronic Music StudioSmithsonian Folkways
This album, recorded in 1967 by the Electronic Music Studio (EMS) of the University of Toronto exemplifies early experimentations in electronic music....
Gamelan In The New WorldVolume 1Smithsonian Folkways
This album is a compilation of avant-garde art music performed by Son of Lion, an American Gamelan Orchestra that uses traditional Indonesian instruments...
Dance Calypso Dance CalypsoSmithsonian Folkways
According to the liner notes, "Calypso is...a humor-coated pellet of uncamouflaged truth...taking the opportunity of saying something to somebody in song...
The Real CalypsoThe Real Calypso (1927-1946)Smithsonian Folkways
This compilation is an introduction to the golden age of calypso and to some of it's greatest exponents. The genre is known for its incisive social commentary,...
East New York Ensemble de MusicAt The Helm (1974)Smithsonian Folkways
Amazing deep, deep jazz as featured on our "New Thing!" compilation! Includes heavyweight African/Eastern styles and the out-there 13 minute version of...
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Sarah Webster FabioJujus - Alchemy of the Blues (1976)Smithsonian Folkways
Super-tough funky, funky, funky female proto-rap poetry from Sarah Webster Fabio. Killer! Armed with an incredible rhythm section this album is a classic...
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Caribbean DancesCaribbean Dances (1953)Smithsonian Folkways
Cruise the Caribbean during the mid-twentieth century heyday of "the society ballroom and the honky-tonk [music] of the West Indies." Stop by Martinique,...
Dabuyabarugu: Inside the Temple Sacred Music of the Garifuna of Belize (1982)Smithsonian Folkways
Deep Roots music from Belize.This album is a collection of music recorded during a dugu, a two week ceremonial feast that attempts to placate the...
Traditional Music of the Garifuna of BelizeTraditional Music of the Garifuna of BelizeSmithsonian Folkways
Gives Soul Jazz Records' own Black Caribs of Belize a run for it's money. Garifuna music contains Afro-Indian, Hispanic, and English Creole influences....
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