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Caribbean Voyage: Trinidad presents Alan Lomax's 1962 field recordings of Trinidad's traditional carnival festivities, spotlighting the famous Shrovetide festival. Kalendas, maypole songs, calypso, Hosay and Hosein drumming, and interviews with the performers capture the diverse roots traditional Caribbean culture, as well as the changes it was going through in the middle of the 20th century. Another worthwhile collection of Lomax's audio documents.


Born: 15 January 1915 in Austin, TX

Genre: World

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Few figures deserve greater credit for the preservation of America's folk music traditions than Alan Lomax. Scouring the backroads, honky tonks, and work camps of the Deep South, he unearthed a treasure trove of songs and singers, documenting the music of the common man for future generations to discover; through Lomax's pioneering efforts, cultural traditions ranging from the Delta blues to Appalachian folk to field hollers continue to live on, with his invaluable recordings offering a compelling...
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