• 1. What do I have?
  • 2. James Brown
  • 3. Bag snatchin'
  • 4. Docta King
  • 5. Virgin Mary
  • 6. I want
  • 7. Frankenstein
  • 8. Cold
  • 9. Jingle bells
  • 10. Call Baby Jesus

Black poet Nancy Dupree accompanied by a group of young kids. Songs include tributes to, amongst others, James Brown.

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Calypso Cross SectionCalypso Cross Section (1957)Smithsonian Folkways
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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
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Esso Steel Band of Bermuda Bermuda HoneymoonSmithsonian Folkways
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Brute Force Steel Bands of Antigua / Various ArtistsBrute Force Steel Bands of AntiguaSmithsonian Folkways
For this Cook recording, the Brute Force Steel Band of Antigua performs mambos, rumbas, sambas, calypsos and meringues plus a march and a bolero. A Trinidadian...
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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....
Steel Band Clash / Various ArtistsSteel Band ClashSmithsonian Folkways
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On this collection, Adelaide Van Wey juxtaposes the Anglo-American ballads of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina with songs from French Creole Louisiana....
Bamboo Tamboo / Various Artists Bamboo Tamboo: Bongo and the BelairSmithsonian Folkways
Recorded in the hills of Trinidad, here is a fascinating juxtaposition of three music and music / dance practices of non-urban dwellers derived from African...
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,...
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Haitian guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus charged himself with the mission of building a repertoire for guitar blending Haitian folk music and European...
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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...
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Folklorist, ethnographer and ethnomusicologist Harold Courlander, known for his important early work documenting the “vast unwritten literature,...
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...
Sonny TerrySonny Terry's New Sound: Jawharp in Blues and Folk MusicSmithsonian Folkways
Best known for his blues harmonica recordings, Sonny Terry joins friends Brownie McGhee and J.C. Burris to explore the range of the jawharp (also known...
Trinidad Panharmonic OrchestraSteel BandSmithsonian Folkways
The steel band was invented during World War II, and so this 1957 recording of the Trinidad Panharmonic Orchestra captures the early days of what is now...
Adelaide Van WeyStreet Cries and Creole Songs of New OrleansSmithsonian Folkways
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Calypso Lore and Legend / Various ArtistsCalypso Lore and LegendSmithsonian Folkways
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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....
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,...
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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...
VisionsMusic for Orchestra, 2 Pianos and Computer-Generated Tape: By David CopeSmithsonian Folkways
Avant-garde visions conceived by David Cope for orchestra, piano and tape. Originally released in 1979.
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This album, recorded in 1967 by the Electronic Music Studio (EMS) of the University of Toronto exemplifies early experimentations in electronic music....
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The second volume of works, performed by The Gamelan Son of Lion, and originally released in 1982
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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...

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